Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Solid Rock

I see from the tech news that Google is a front runner in bringing virtual reality to the masses.  Buy a cheap headset, and if you have the right phone, you can download "experiences" that will allow you to go places you'll never go, see things you'll never see, and experience things that haven't happened.

Our "reality" has been changing dramatically since the advent of the internet and the loss of responsibility for accurate reporting.  The internet has been abuzz with "fake news," shaping our views and beliefs about the world around us.

This has been going on longer than that, though.  Years, in fact.  I remember seeing the photo circulating on the internet after the attacks on the World Trade Center of a young man on top of the building getting his picture taken, with a plane in the background just seconds away from impact. Photoshopped, of course.

Whoever coined the phrase "Seeing is believing" was not from this era, that's for certain.  More and more, the things we trust to be true and on which we base our opinions and feelings, simply aren't.

So who and what can we trust?

The never-changing, rock-solid God of the Bible, that's Who.  We can trust in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, and we can trust in an immeasurable love that no matter what we experience on this earth will not diminish, and we can trust in an omnipotent and omniscient God who works even when we can't see it happening.  As the world around us becomes more and more untrustworthy, we need to focus more and more on what we know to be true, and share that solid ground with those who are looking for sure footing.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." [Proverts 3:5-6, NIV]