First Things @ First

Ministry Perspectives,

With all the talk of pandemic, I will pass on some information about another 'pandemic' that has been sweeping over this world for the last 25 years or more. This 'pandemic' won't make you ill at all. However, it will leave you a bit 'dizzy' for a while.

I have been reading through David Jeremiah's book on 'The God You May Not Know'. Tucked between the covers of that book, you discover the following in chapter 5--

Jeremiah writes,

"Our planet is facing an onslaught of global threats, but there's one menace you and I face every day without always recognizing it. We feel it, but it's hard to grasp all its implications. Experts call it ROC--rate of change. That's an appropriate acronym because it's not just change, but the rate of change, that's rocking our world.

In 1965, for example, Gordon Moore, who co founded Intel, made an observation that's now known by his name--Moore's Law. In technology, and information processing, he said processing power doubles every two years. More technically, he predicted that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit would double approximately every two years.

Decades have passed since Moore uttered his prediction, but his observation has held true. If anything, the rate of change has accelerated more than expected. Going forward, the implications of this are astounding. According to Ryan Arshad writing in Forbes, this means in five years, our technology will be 32 times better than it is now. In ten years, it will be 1,000 times better; and in twenty, it will be one million times more advanced.

Arshad wrote, 'Singularity,' a term coined by science fiction writer Vernor Vinge to mean the point at which technologies are so complex and intelligent that the human mind is unable to comprehend them, will occur in approximately 30 years.'

This 'change pandemic' is now so advanced that our normal decision-making process can't keep up with it, which is presenting monumental challenges for many businesses. 'Blink,' Arshad warned, 'and you might have missed a seismic shift that could be cataclysmic.'"

Jeremiah continues--

"The last time I checked, the planet was still spinning on its axis at exactly the same speed as in biblical times, about a thousand miles an hour at the equator. The world hasn't sped up at all, be we have. We're in a world that changes every single moment. We can't keep up, yet the consequences of not keeping up are frightening. Business leader Jack Welch said, 'If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.' He might be correct in ways beyond what he intended. According to the Bible, the last days will be filled with people running to and fro seeking knowledge, not realizing they're accelerating right into the last days​ (Daniel 12:4)." 1 - end-

This helped put the present into clearer perspective for me on a day of information overload.

I pray it helps you this week, as well! If you care to follow up, you'll have to get the book.

Change is present and more change is coming. Can't stop it and can't slow it down. All that can be done is to prepare for it by allowing God to first change your mind about who He is and what He can do and then your heart will be better suited for the challenges that no doubt lie ahead. Only then will the rate of change be welcomed as we speed toward His glorious appearing and our deliverance!

In a culture of information overload, this is good information that helps us prepare for what God is preparing for those who love Him

(1 Corinthians 2:9). Even so come, Lord Jesus (Revalation 22:20)!

In His Grip,

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36

1 ('The God You May Not Know'--David Jeremiah--pgs. 93-95)