See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,  and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.(Colossians 2:8–10)
I can see why some people could question whether the Bible is really applicable to daily life in modern times. I also know that this Scripture passage is one of hundreds that illustrate how God’s Word always speaks to current conditions in the world.
The pace of change in life drives some to question the Bible’s relevance. Smart phones and tablets and laptop computers receive electronic updates seemingly daily. A few retailers have gone from guaranteeing three-day delivery to twenty four-hour delivery to same day delivery. Meanwhile, the Bible remains unchanged after almost 2,000 years. How can Scripture remain relevant in a world that at times feels like a blur?
According to our passage, the answer is Christ. In Christ the “whole fullness of the deity dwells bodily…” The Creator of the universe is truly uniquely positioned to address what is happening in the universe. It was God’s choice to continually address creation through His Word.
At the same time, it’s affirming to experience God answering issues of today through Scripture. In this passage the Apostle Paul was warning Christians against being taken captive by “philosophy or empty deceit, according to human tradition.
This could well be our greatest challenge today. Everyone in the western world is daily awash in blatantly humanistic beliefs, values, and morals of society. The waves come from so many directions, from popular entertainment and news services, from public education to civil government.
Therefore, we take heart in the fact that God has ensured Scripture remains applicable to daily life. No matter what challenges we face in life, Scripture will speak to them.
(A Second Look devotions are written for the congregations of the Ohio District LCMS.)