May 17, 2017

This morning my wife’s sister sent pictures of her home where huge trees toppled in a severe thunderstorm last night.  Thankfully, it does not appear anyone was hurt directly from the storm, but property damage is extensive and clean-up will take weeks. Extreme weather causes many people to focus on climate change. Maybe extreme weather should cause us to focus on the Lord.

I do not doubt climate change. The climate has been changing ever since Noah’s flood. Before the fall, man lived in a perfect climate in the Garden of Eden. There was no such thing as rain. Genesis 2:1-6 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.”

The atmospheric upheavals we are experiencing today are directly related to the rebellion of man. Whether or not man’s present activity is aggravating it further is beside the point. Man is responsible for climate change. Genesis 6 12 “And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth… 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die…Genesis 7: 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.”

We can point to the exact year, month and day climate change began. The Scriptures do not print a pretty picture of things getting better but worse and worse until the coming of the Lord. To ride out the storms of a fallen planet, we need the Lord Jesus Christ to remove the curse of the law from our hearts. If the storm of sin has been forgiven in our hearts, come hell or high water God’s people are going to be OK.  Even if we were to be struck by lightning or have a giant oak crush our feeble frame, or be carried off like Dorothy in a tornado, God will protect his own. The Christian can be touched by the storms of life, but He is safe in the hallow of His Almighty hand. Isaiah 43:2-3 2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: hWhen thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; Neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.For I am the Lord thy God,The Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour:”

Are we in good hands with AllState???  27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.” (John 10:27-30).

Better Hands with Jesus Christ,

Pastor John Schofield