“Variety is the spice of life!” While this phrase may work well in the food industry, it does not serve us well when searching for truth in matters that pertain to life and death, and to God, Who controls them both. Oh, it might sound just as enticing when testing the spiritual waters, but in reality, it isn’t very practical. When you are drowning in the challenges of life, you want someone to throw you a lifeline, not a relative sound byte that merely projects a warm and fuzzy feeling, but cannot be grasped.

Relativism is a slippery philosophy; what looks, smells and tastes good today may not have the same appeal tomorrow. History books are filled with changing cultures. Like hemlines, if truth is only relative, then what is true today may not be considered true tomorrow. Relative truth tells us that the “culture of the day” dictates what is right and what is wrong.

Many years ago, while I was playing in the ocean, I discovered after swimming beyond the breakers, that a sandbar had formed; this happens when the undercurrent moves the sand around in such a way as to create a shelf. Trusting it was there, I decided to swim out further, beyond my usual comfort distance, believing that if I got tired, I could swim as far as the sandbar and rest before making my way back to the shore. After a few minutes, my body was tiring so I headed to the sandbar where I had been just moments before. However, the sandbar I had trusted would be there was gone, washed away by the changing tide. With the help of a friend who came to my rescue, I made it to safety, but it was very scary.

The Word of God, which is the Biblical truth, never changes! After over two thousand years, the Bible is as relevant today as when it was written. It is a secure foundation upon which you and I can safely build our lives, trusting it will not shift with the current tide of the culture. Like North can always be found on a compass, God’s Word is eternally true and will always point you and me in the right direction.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2, NIV.

Thank you, LORD, for Your truth that rescues us in our times of need. AMEN.