We had been experiencing an unusually high number of summer thunder storms. We were under a weather pattern that produced storms with heavy rainfall day after day. Amounts of three, four, and even five inches were occurring daily. Severe weather warnings sounded several times a day on various media outlets.
Of special concern in our area of ministry in mountains of Eastern Kentucky was the possibility of flash floods. Emergency notifications urged people in low lying areas to move to higher ground. What a wonderful thing it is to receive advance warning of potential disaster. Unfortunately, numerous reports occurred of people who failed to heed to warnings. Valuable possessions and lives were lost.
Because of His great love for us, the Heavenly Father has given us more than ample warnings of the disastrous impact of sin on our lives:
- “The soul who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20, NKJV).
- “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, NKJV).
- “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, NKJV).
Not only did God give us abundant warnings, He gave us His only Son to rescue us from the destruction of sin. We don’t have to perish in the dark waters of iniquity.
When people exercise their free will to live in the low-lying areas of sin and indifference to God’s laws, catastrophe is eminent. Jesus gave us a clear message in advance of the floods of judgment: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27, NKJV).
Words from Johnson Oatman, Jr.’s hymn “Higher Ground” ring in my heart:
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
~ Brother Roy