EDITOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION

Our con­stant

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Ask any­one, and they’ll agree that to­day’s world is very dif­fer­ent from the one our par­ents and grand­par­ents knew. The funny thing is that the feel­ing is not new by any means. “The cause of the … in­crease in ner­vous dis­ease is in­creased de­mand made by the con­di­tions of mod­ern life,” af­firmed an ar­ti­cle pub­lished at the end of the 19th cen­tury! “The dreamy quiet old days are 1 over,” lamented Wil­liam Smith nearly 130 years ago. “The hurry and bus­tle of mod­ern life … lacks the quiet and re­pose of the pe­riod when our fore­fa­thers … took their ease.” 2

Be­sides the world con­stantly chang­ing, our lives also go through sea­sons that bring dif­fer­ent sets of chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties. We cope with stresses and make de­ci­sions to the best of our abil­i­ties, but we can’t know what the fu­ture holds, and past per­for­mance is no guar­an­tee of fu­ture suc­cess. We might of­ten feel, some­what like the au­thors above, that we’d be bet­ter off if we could slow down the clock.

When ev­ery­thing in life seems to be chang­ing, mak­ing us feel anx­ious, lost, or as though life is a ter­ri­fy­ing jour­ney through un­charted ter­ri­tory, we can rely on our un­chang­ing God. He is con­stant. He is the same to­day as He was when He walked the earth, and He will be the same to­mor­row. “The Lord’s 3 plans stand firm for­ever; his in­ten­tions can never be shaken.” 4

Even though we don’t know what the fu­ture holds for us, come what may, it is im­pos­si­ble for God to leave us alone or to fail us when we need Him. “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer … my shield and the horn of my sal­va­tion, my strong­hold.” 5

Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Editor

1. G. Shrady (from P.C. Knapp), “Are Ner­vous Dis­eases In­creas­ing?” Med­i­cal Record, 1896 2. Mor­ley: An­cient and Mod­ern (Lon­don: Long­mans, Green, and Co., 1886), 75

3. See Malachi 3:6. 4. Psalm 33:11 NLT 5. Psalm 18:2

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