Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It will never happen...

I live in Brisbane. Three years ago we had a terrible drought and had to conserve water. The government asked everyone to take 4 minute showers. The picture above is of the Wivanhoe Dam, which was almost empty. Back then it was hard to believe that it would ever be full again. But, today it is so overfull they are releasing 100,000 megaliters of water from the dam every day, as shown below.
As you may have heard, Brisbane is currently experiencing the worst floods in a century.  Previously, in 1974 there was a massive flood. But, we were told no future flood would be as bad as 1974, particularly because of the new dams. This was easy to believe because everything was so hot and dry and all the beautiful houses seemed so high above the river. But we tend to desperately think, "it won't happen" or at least "it won't happen to me", or "things will always stay the same". All this tendency to wishful thinking reminded of a passage in 2 Peter 3 which warns not about earthly floods but of God's judgement (which to Biblical writers was embodied in Noah's flood).
remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,3 ... scoffers will come in the last days ... 4 They will say, "Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.5For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

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