We live in a world of constant change, bombarded by news from the television and the Internet. Many families no longer live close enough to one another to offer companionship and support. So little in life is stable and firm. With lifestyles like this, how can we feel grounded in something that will be trustworthy in good times and in bad? Scripture and faith are designed to form and shape us ? to make it possible for us to trust in God. The Bible does this as it explores the nature of God and the ways in which God has been active in the history of the world and individual human lives. As scripture explores universal themes, we may find ourselves reassured of God?s benevolent purposes towards us.