R3 is currently running a series entitled “Phrases.” Today, however, I’m going to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming. Mostly because I lost power over the weekend (like tens of millions of people) which makes it difficult to write things on the internet. So today, instead of business as usual, I want to just take a breath and comment on something I’ve been thinking about since 3:00 yesterday.
Every time I lose power I’m shocked (no pun intended) at just how much of my life revolves around electricity and technology. It seems everything I do from waking up in the morning to relaxing in the evening requires electricity. I couldn’t even spend time reading because my apartment was too dark.
While I’m not alone in this realization about electricity, it does drive a point home for me: the people who wrote the Bible lived so differently from me it’s hard to even imagine their lives. How can I relate to someone who lived their entire life without electricity, running water, or most importantly, Google?
Yet they wrote of such profound truths that their advice – the wisdom of the Bible - is still relevant today.
Of course Christians would argue that it wasn’t simply people who came up with the advice, but God. And judging by just how relevant the Bible is to modern life, I have to agree. It’s a bit humbling to realize that God knows us so well he can predict our current behavior from thousands of years ago. Despite all of our modern conveniences and ways we’re still the same people who rebelled against him in the Garden of Eden. Humanity hasn’t changed, only the shape of our daily lives. If this doesn’t drive home the relevancy of the Bible, nothing will.
I may be without power. And that may last a few days or a week. But with each passing moment I thank God (literally) that his patience is more reliable than my electric company!