Short-changed? :: By Edwin Tan

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.

‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

The above passages of Holy Writ are straightforward and easy to understand. Yet how many take these words of wisdom and comfort to heart in the age of 5G technology that is in lockstep with digitalization? As for people who regard themselves as followers of Christ, is there a sizeable number that have encountered these verses? How about preachers who pay serious regard to these words that could lift a good crowd out of the prevailing doom and gloom?

Excessive preoccupation with worldliness is the root cause of cynicism and indifference when it comes to belief in the infinite power of the Sovereign Lord. It is heavily discounted, largely because the myriad of reference points are all stored in secular knowledge that possesses a lexicon classification according to specific fields. No need to rush down to the nearest library as it was the fashion decades ago. There are search engines that enable this process to be not far from warp speed!

Of course, it is easy to get hold of material relating to the Living Word in likewise manner, but how many folks do bother? There is captivation that stems from many wonders that the realm of man-made technology has to offer. This is enough impetus to drive large populations away from the truth the Gospel has to offer – right to the point of dismissing recorded instances of God’s Power as nothing more than fables!

1 Corinthians 1:20 clearly states the parlous state many are in today.

“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the dispute of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”

HE sure has made more than a mockery of the wisdom that comes from the flesh. What happens when technology becomes more of a foe than a friend? The same can be said about earthly setups, frameworks and institutions – they are prone to failure at some point in the future. If anything worse, it could be one’s worst nightmare! We are certainly seeing this unfold in a pitiless drumbeat as the fallout of an almost year-long pandemic rears its ugly head.

The miracles that our Lord Jesus performed when He walked Planet Earth are definitely not impossible, but because of the hardening of numerous hearts – there is wanton disbelief! This aspect of the Fallen Nature is highly destructive as it is the unmistakable sowing of seeds that spell hopelessness. It is this state that drives people to do what they otherwise would not have done.

Anyone can get out of this snare by simply believing in the efficacy and potency of the Living Word, especially the Gospel. The miracles that are mentioned in the Scriptures bear testament to the undeniable truth concerning the limitless Power of God through Jesus Christ His Son. So, at the end of the day, who are you going to put your trust in for the peace which money cannot buy? The Creator or that which He created?

Wise up and do not be short-changed where your eternal destiny is concerned!

For His Kingdom and Glory


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