Recently, I attended a planning session for a college class reunion. As we discussed reunion storylines, receding hairlines and expanding waistlines; I was struck by how often our discussion included the question….Do you remember when? Throughout the evening we asked questions like…
- Do you remember when the afro was the style?
- Do you remember when cafeteria food was good?
- Do you remember when music was music?
Memories seemly have moments when we celebrate or lament the end of an era, the loss of a standard, or the change of a classic. However, in this world of constant change when nothing stays the same; jobs, relationships, even the flavor of our toothpaste; there is one constant…our God.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 New Living Translation
We can depend on Jesus to provide stable guidance in our lives. Not only in the yesterday of our past; but, as we live in the present of today and we create a vision of our future for tomorrow.
Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Hebrews 1:1 The Message
Scripture is the power that has fueled this stability of guidance over centuries. Look at it this way: The scriptures read by George Washington was read by Abraham Lincoln. Those same scriptures are currently being read by Barack Obama and will certainly be read by future presidents.
It is the same for us. The scripture teachings that influenced our grandmothers andour mothers, now influence us; and will provide guidance and influence for our children and grandchildren.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
2nd Timothy 3:16 King James Version
The Word of God is the glue and the touchstone that keeps us all in His grace generation after generation. As the word of God is passed from century to century and people to people we will never have to ask the question: Do you remember when God was God?