Facing an everchanging world

The world is always in a flux of changes and for anyone who might complain of boredom, he or she has to examine the world around us and observe what’s happening.

There were a few significant events which happened as we entered the 21st century and one of them was the September 11 attacks. I came across this photo taken from space found in this link
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2352.html

September 11, 2001, was not the start of World War three, but many countries declared war against terrorism.

Next was SARS and this report from here
https://treasury.gov.au/publication/economic-roundup-winter-2003/the-economic-impact-of-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-sars

was a good reminder of its impact then, especially to us in Singapore.

Today, we have Covid 19 and now we are in the midst of it. Its damage has been done and we are all reeling from its effect. How is it going to turn out, it’s anybody’s guess and that’s causing anxiety.

Another gamechanger is what we all know as climate change. The impact of it will be long-drawn and lasting. Every country and nation are contributing to its cause and none of them can escape its effect.

The world is surely changing, and we might be scrambling to keep up. How do we navigate through this unfamiliar landscape?

During the Old Testament times, the nation of Israel had also faced a similar situation. And Moses urged them. “But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice. For the LORD your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them.” (Deuteronomy 4:29-31)

“For thus says the LORD: Just as I have brought all this great disaster upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them.” (Jeremiah 32:42)

“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6)

Although the things that we are used to, the familiar, might never come back, our Lord God will always be the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalms 9:10)

Pastor Frankie Koh