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What do you do when there is no place to run?

by on Mar.26, 2011, under True Christianity

Over the past several weeks the videos of Japan and the utter destruction of the tsunami has left me with one recurring thought/question. What do you do when there is no place to run?

Whether as a fast rising flood is seen washing away life as these people knew it. Where can you run when the water that is coming is 30 to 40 feet high, as seen from this ground level view?

The question is do we live life, never thinking there is an end coming for us too?

At the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19) God tells His Lot to “flee”.

Gen 19:27-29 Abraham got up early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the LORD. 28 He looked out toward Sodom and Gomorrah and all the land of that region. As he did so, he saw the smoke rising up from the land like smoke from a furnace. 29 So when God destroyed the cities of the region, God honored Abraham’s request. He removed Lot from the midst of the destruction when he destroyed the cities Lot had lived in.

John warned the false teachers of the day to flee, but in this case, flee the false way they lived and do the works that match how a follower of God should be.

Matt3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? (Luke 3:7; Matt 12:34; Matt 23:33) 8 Therefore produce fruit that proves your repentance, (Luke 3:8)

So the question is do we live our life going from day to day without considering our condition before God. The time to consider such a question is before the end comes, not as you see it approaching with only seconds to spare. Think about it NOW. Hebrews 9:27 tells us we will ALL die and then we will ALL face judgement before God and His Christ.

Heb 9:27 And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, 28 so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.

Ezek 33:10 “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what you have said: “Our rebellious acts and our sins have caught up with us, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?”’

God has always showed his faithful people how to live and what to do. People as in Ezekiel’s day, sometimes figure out that they are not living right before God and ask a similar question. God is the provider of a way to flee.

Psalm 25:12 ​​​​​​​The LORD shows his faithful followers the way they should live.

Eph 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, 5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you are saved 6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them

So if you are reading this, God has given you time … use it wisely and ask the question of yourself. If you determine that you are not safely within God’s grace, read Act 2:14-41 and think about when these men were pricking in their heart, what did Peter tell them to do … now go and do like wise.

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