In 1957, I was living in Washington State with both of my parents and in the first grade. The cost of gasoline was 15 cents a gallon and a new American car cost between $5,000 and $8,000 dollars brand new. I don't recall ever hearing the word inflation around our house until in 1960 when my mom said, "Do you see where the price of Folgers coffee went up five cents? I can't ever remember the price of coffee ever changing."
I know all things are relative, as my Dad's wages back then were not even a fifth of the wage for the same job today.
In all the changes from the 1950s to now with the big dial telephones then to hand held cell phones now, black and white TVs in huge wooden cabinets then to flat screen TVs that hang on the wall today, our modern technology and the rate of change is mind boggling to me.
There is one thing that has remained the same though all the years according to the bible and that is faith in God. "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen." "God is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Hebrews 11:1, 13:8) Where does faith come from? According to the Bible, faith comes from hearing the Word of God.
With that said, we can be confident that our future is still in the hands of our creator God and that all things will continue to work toward good to those who love God and live according to His plans.
No matter what we may be going through right now in our lives or how bad things may seem to be in the world around us, it's OK to trust God with all of our matters. Some folks have been given larger measures of faith and some a smaller measure of faith, but no matter what measure we have been given, it will be tested. What I think is really cool though is that faith is freely given to all who ask for it. We don't earn it by our good works or by what we do for God. We as Christians need to now realize our faith and use it accordingly. We will then please God more in our lives than anything else we could ever do or think.
Mark Conway is an evangelist and motivational speaker who lives in Sterling with his wife Maryna. He can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
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