By Jim Denison (abridged)
Each December, Google releases the "Year In Search," a video summarizing the Google searches shaping that given year. I recently watched "Year In Search 2017" and was reminded of the hardships of last year.
According to this video, the trending searches of 2017 included these questions:
On any given year, it may be a different country, a new natural disaster, or a different variation of social injustice, but it's the same problems painted with new dates, new faces, and new names.
Solomon was right in Ecclesiastes 1:9 when he lamented, "What has been will be again, what has done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."
What is our culture not searching for?
Perhaps even more enlightening is what's missing from the lists of top Google searches. In my admittedly highly unscientific study, I could not find a single list where the Bible or God was listed in the top 100. Mind you, pornographic content was listed four times in the top 100 but absolutely nothing religious.
Think about this: if Google processes roughly 40,000 searches every second, or 3.5 billion searches per day, and God isn't even in the top 100 searches--Houston, we have a problem. Our culture is clearly searching for answers to life's tough questions but doing so in ways that will not offer the true wisdom that only God provides.
Who should our culture be searching for?
God is the only source for those seeking true wisdom and answers to life's toughest questions. Solomon said it best: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10).
Who is God? He is our Creator (Genesis 1); our refuge (Psalm 46:1); our stronghold in trouble (Nahum 1:7); our deliverer (Psalm 18:2); our healer (Exodus 15:26); our provider (Philippians 4:19); our advocate (1 John 2:1-2); the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
Technology advances, presidential administrations change, new tragedies persist, yet our culture is still searching for the same answers. As Christians, our challenge should not be in finding the answers but instead helping our culture redefine the question. Our culture is Googling "how" questions when they should actually be seeking "who."
Solomon concluded there was nothing new under the sun, so he anchored his faith in the One who reigns over the sun. When you put your trust in the One who is sovereign, in total control over all things, the One who is the answer to all of life's questions, your life displays the only answer our culture truly needs: Jesus.•