The floods in the UK are back and are causing havoc and misery. Homes under water, streets immersed in water and lives seriously interrupted.

Every day things are cancelled or postponed: going to work or school, shopping and sleeping, cannot be done because people have to secure their homes or businesses. Following the breach, people have to clean up, dry out and replace damage items so normalcy can be restored as soon as possible.

Like all disasters the floods are without discrimination: young, old, male, female et al. Last week or even yesterday, all was normal then quickly it all changed.

The title of this blog come from a BBC radio interview in which a woman affected by the floods was asked why she had moved into the area given the history of the town. Her response was never in a million years did anyone expect where she lived would be flooded. The point was flood barriers had been erected following past flooding and where she lived had never flooded before so no one expected where she lived to be affected.

Why would people buy homes, banks lend money and people live and do business in an area that has a history of flooding.

The answer includes: the floods don’t happen very often, the experts say the newly constructed barriers are in place to protect life and property, it’s a lovely place to live so it’s worth taking the risk.

Picking on the last point, “it’s worth taking the risk”. We humans never learn from the past. We all take risks but most risks are minor and the effect of which are not life threatening or financially disastrous.

Some people risks their lives and that of others in the name of fun and sports. Some risk their lives despite warnings and past examples.

Recently, I have started a series of teaching titled: “signs of the times”. I began with Matthew 24 and the parallel scripture in Mark and Luke’s gospels.

Jesus, days before his crucifixion describes events that would affect the nation of Israel, signs of the end of the age and his second return.
These signs are being played out right in front of our eyes but to almost everyone it’s never about them, if it’s going to happen, it’s others not me or it won’t happen now.

The fig tree, a reference to the nation of Israel, came back to life in 1948 followed by the blossoming of other trees, a reference to the decolonization of nations. There are wars and rumours of wars and  nations against nations, a reference to threats and counter threats of war and ethnic conflicts. Other signs on earth such as new diseases and plagues and mass migration.

Apostle Peter reminded us that a thousand years is as a day and a day as a thousand years with God so we must not take God’s word lightly.

Natural disasters are often referred to as “acts of God” because they are overwhelming and unpredictable.  Millions of people the world over continue to eat, drink and make merry. Some have heard about the second coming of Christ, others have never heard. Most cannot be bothered to do anything about what they have heard or try to find out if these things are true or not.

One day God told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Immediately he pleaded with God for time so some might be rescued.

It’s the job of preachers and the church as a whole to plead with men and women concerning their souls for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Jesus said: “heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”.

Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny