Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | November 29, 2021

Warned!

Judgment

The following devotional appeared Saturday in my mailbox and I felt it very timely in view of the world situation today. The writer, Jeff Wells, is the Senior Pastor of WoodsEdge Community Church.

“November 27
  Warned
 
And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment.
Hebrews 9:27  
 
The Morgan sea gypsies are a small tribe of 181 fishermen who spend much of the year on their boats fishing in the Andaman Sea from India to Indonesia and back to Thailand.  However, they spend their Decembers living in shelters on the beaches of Thailand.  In December 2004, in the hours before the killer tsunami crashed ashore, the Morgan sea gypsies were living on those beaches.  They were in harm’s way and would have likely all perished – had they not listened to their elders.
 
In a 2004 article, “How Sea Gypsies Survived the Tsunami,” Roger Thomas explained how for generations, the elders of the tribe had passed along one piece of wisdom.  According to the tribe’s 65-year-old village chief, Sarmao Kathalay, that wisdom was this:  “The elders told us that if the water recedes fast it will reappear in the same quantity in which it disappeared.”
 
And that is exactly what happened.  The sea drained quickly from the beach, leaving stranded fish flopping on the shore.  How easy it would have been for those who live off the sea to run down where the water had been minutes ago and fill every basket available with fish.  Some people did just that in other areas of South Thailand.  Not the Morgan sea gypsies.  When the water receded from the beach, the tribal chief ordered every one of the 181 tribal members to run to a temple in the mountains of South Surin Island.  When the waters crashed ashore, the 181 sea gypsies were safe on high ground.
 
The Morgan sea gypsies had been warned and they heeded the warning to their great benefit.
 
God has also warned us of a coming tsunami, a tsunami of judgment.  In passages like Hebrews 9:27, there is the clear warning that judgment follows death.  (There is no biblical evidence for another opportunity, after death, to trust Christ as Savior.)
 
We have been warned of coming judgment.  But thanks be to God, there is grace available now, found in Jesus, free for the taking.

© 2021 WoodsEdge Community Church. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use.”

No one knows when the tsunami of God’s judgment will deluge this entire world, but there will be no high point where escape is possible from God’s coming judgment to be found anywhere but heaven!

Place your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and escape the coming tsunami of God’s judgment!


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