“Son, I need to talk to the mechanic over there, I’ll just be a few minutes so just sit in the car and wait for me. It’s a little hot today, so just roll down the window.”
My son sat in his seat, unmoving. I was bewildered why he would not reply. “Son, just roll it down.” It was then that I realized he had never been in a car with a manual window. I was driving a rental car, one that did not have power windows. I chuckled as I demonstrated to him how to roll the window down. When I returned home, I wondered if my daughter, who was three years older than my son, knew what a manual window was. She told me that in the previous year, she rode in an older car that had this but prior to that, she had no experience.
Like typewriters and analog rotary phones, there are many devices that may seem foreign to this generation, born in the 21st century. What about the Church? Many churches now have websites and apps that facilitate attendees to follow the sermon and attend remotely through internet streaming services. Many services allow texting to the Pastor and congregation members during the service. Although I find it a bit distracting, others embrace it. The end result is the Word of God is preached and disseminated to a much wider audience.
The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.
Isaiah 40:8 (CSB)
Like the manual window, the means by which we roll a window down may change, but the end result is the same. Teaching and preaching the Word of God are no different. The means may change but God’s Word is unchanging. In this time of rapidly changing technological advances, I am grateful to God that His promises are constant and eternal.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.