Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. (Ps. 119:165)

ASK ANYONE under the age of thirty to find a phone number, and they’ll try six different means for doing so before picking up a telephone book. Smartphones, websites, and Facebook are today’s tools. With tiny computers in hand, they can access a business number or an individual’s “digits” and address within moments, because, of course, these folks text sixty words a minute.

What they have realized sooner than older generations is that even current phone books often aren’t helpful; they are old school. What I have been slow to learn is that dialing information is rarely helpful either. I’ve spent multiple fees only to find the information I received was useless. Information is only good if it is accurate.

The author of Psalm 119 recognized the eternal truth of God’s Word. He took his time in this lengthy chapter to extol the virtues of His Word and of following it in one’s own life. Grateful for the never-failing guidance and strong foundation provided in God’s laws, he lived by them daily. In doing so, he found a peace otherwise impossible to achieve short of heaven. We can as well.

So, here’s the 4-1-1. Just as slang phrases go out of fashion, sources like phone books are eventually rendered useless, tools archaic, and data meaningless. Few sources are timeless. However, one most certainly is. It is God’s timeless, always-relevant Word.

Trade in trends and gain lasting peace by reading and relying on God’s timeless Word.

Hally Franz is a former high school guidance counselor turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys being a 4-H leader, church secretary, book club member, and traveler.