Isaiah 37:7 – Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. (KJV)
1 Peter 1:25 – But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (KJV)
The new soon-to-be-completed conference centre in our municipality has been plagued with problems since its inception. Some people are against it, more seem for it. Glitches — some big ones — have kept cropping up along the way, and of course, with today's market values, prices have soared.
And so it was, as I read the front page of a Tuesday newspaper at the beginning of April, the headlines of which boldly said that a leak had been found on the bottom floor causing it to flood, I just shook my head at the enormity of this one. Admittedly, it occurred to me that it seemed something of a coincidence that the contractor who had discovered the leak was named "Watters", but I was hurriedly reading the paper in a public place while keeping an eye out for a friend for whom I was waiting.
That night when my husband got home, he asked if I'd seen the day's paper. Acknowledging that I had, I remarked that it was too bad he'd not seen it before he met with a friend who is a local councillor.
"You got that it was an April Fool's, though, didn't you?" he asked.
Ahhhh! I'd been caught. We were so used to reading controversial news about the centre, the fact that it was April the first hadn't even clicked with me.
So it is with articles and books that come out in praise of or against the Word of God. Some tear it apart, some boost it up, adding new versions, removing others. It has also been said that God is dead.
Do we believe everything we read? Can we? The answer is "no". We need to check the facts and weigh out the truths for ourselves.
The Bible, however, which carries the Word of God, has proven to be one thing we can believe, and although there are variations in the wording through the ages, offering people more choice in understanding, the basic message remains the same. It is one thing we read that we can believe.
Prayer: We are thankful, O Lord, for Your Word, for its proven truthfulness throughout the generations. In an age when we are bombarded with ever-increasing news and messages where slants can be bent in whichever way the bearer wants it to be, it is comforting to know that Your Word is real. In Your name, we pray. Amen.