May 22, 2017
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“I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.” – Psalm 77:5
“Can you believe that old church is still standing?”
Harold shook his head. He had been sure that it would have toppled over by this time. It had been in disrepair 40 years ago, the last time he had darkened its door. Now, here it was, just as he had left it behind along with his faith so many years ago.
It still stood as a beacon to its community and a reminder of the days of old and of a Savior who was and is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
We must often look back to look forward. The past informs the present and fashions the future. It prepares us to trust the God we have known in times of old to be as faith today as He was then.
We stand on the shoulders of the pioneers of faith, those who tested the Word of God with confidence because they had nothing else upon which to stand.
We come to the ancient monuments to be reminded why our clever schemes have so often gone awry and the Word of God endures.
We see that the Church of Jesus Christ still stands in spite of onslaughts from without and dissensions from within. We cry to God for help. We stretch out our hands. We sing the songs we sang as youngsters with simple trusting belief. We groan; we faint; we inquire.
And we come home to what is unchanging, God Himself.
Eventually, every edifice shall fail, even those dedicated to His glory. Yet, he shall never fail. His Word and His Truth shall endure through eternity.
He has called us to remember and to use that memory to move forward.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is still standing.
... and so can we ...