The raging infernos in SouthernÂ California seemed almost apocalypticÂ in character as the towering flamesÂ destroyed everything in their path.Â The rich and famous, together withÂ thousands of others were seized withÂ overwhelming feelings of helplessnessÂ and loss of control. Some refused toÂ leave their million dollar homes, butÂ instead tried to hose down the fieryÂ cinders that fell on their roofs in anÂ effort to save their valued possessions.Â Others packed their belongings intoÂ vehicles and fled for shelter.Â One lady stared at the fury ofÂ the fire as it descended on herÂ neighbourhood, sparing her house butÂ devouring others. She shook her head.Â â€œPart of me says to get out of town,â€Â she said, â€œand the other part says IÂ could not stand to leave.â€
A Biblical parallel is found in theÂ book of Genesis. God was about toÂ punish the city of Sodom for its sinÂ and wicked lifestyles. In His graceÂ and kindness, He warned Lot and hisÂ family to flee from coming judgment,Â but they had to be dragged out of theÂ city. Lotâ€™s wife perished when sheÂ turned back to see what she loved.
If we could interview Mrs. Lot todayÂ she would probably say: â€œBack then, aÂ part of me said â€˜get out of townâ€™ but theÂ other part said, â€˜I canâ€™t stand to leave.â€™â€
There is a future day of wrath thatÂ will overtake this planet. The rich andÂ the poor, princes and paupers, theÂ kings of the world and the kingpins ofÂ the underworld alike will flee and tryÂ to find shelter to hide themselves fromÂ the wrath of God. You can read aboutÂ this awful day in Revelation 6:14-17.
But what about today â€“ are you inÂ any danger? Maybe part of you says:Â â€œGet ready. Accept the salvation that isÂ offered through the death of the Lord JesusÂ Christ. Obtain eternal life.â€ But thereâ€™sÂ another part of you that argues: â€œNotÂ yet. Iâ€™ve heard the evacuation orders. InÂ my heart Iâ€™ve heard the pleadings of theÂ Saviour to come to Him for shelter, safety,Â forgiveness and rest â€“ but I am torn. ShallÂ I accept Christ now or cling to my fun,Â friends and lifestyle? Should I chance it?â€Â We urge you to flee to Christ. His armsÂ are wide open and waiting to receiveÂ you. Come today! Tomorrow may beÂ too late. Jesus said: â€œCome unto me, allÂ ye that labor and are heavy laden, and IÂ will give you restâ€ (Matthew 11:28).
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