Severe Weather Warning
Yesterday saw the tail effects of hurricane Eleanor across the UK and northern France. There was and still is severe flood warnings active and ongoing. These are not to be ignored, warnings are ‘ignore at your peril.’
At St Malo in Brittany it seemed highly unlikely that there would be any sign of the storm. Perhaps they were just being cautious. We walked across the wonderful open sandy beach at this idyllic coastal resort at about 4:30 pm before walking my friend Andrew down to the ferry terminal after his short stay here.
The sun was just casting its long golden streaks on the famous landmarks as a multitude of people enjoyed the fresh air and sea breeze as they ambled up across the vast beach. The promenade was protected with a thick granite sea wall about 40ft high and in front of them planted in the sand was thick tree trunks standing vertically with only narrow gaps between them, to create an extra defence against the sea when needed. We chatted amiably about the prospect of these rarely being needed to help break the incoming waves, it seemed afar.
Time was drawing near so we set off back to the motor-home to collect my friends cases and escort him to the terminal. We said our fond farewells and as Bertie and I left, we decided to have another walk around the city walls and seafront. It was a little early for retiring so it was best to continue and have a good walk, then on our return we could settle for the evening.
It was about two hours since we had been strolling along the sands. Now, that would have been impossible. The sea was in. Not only was it in it was crashing into the sea barriers and wall with such ferocity that huge swells were tossed into the air and over the wall, cascading gallons of sea water over the road. Throngs of people were gathered in pockets up and down the promenade to witness and see the thrill of the torrent of the sea.
The police had shut the road from either end to stop cars driving down the worst affected areas. The wind didn’t seem to be that strong, but this was obviously the effect of what the storm was doing further out at sea and sending the waves crashing in like shock-waves against the man-made defences! This had seemed incredulous from just two hours previously, but the warnings were there!
The Bible is full of warnings. Not to scare us but to warn us. WATCH OUT for this and that, to keep us from danger and harm. It is bursting with WARNINGS, PROHIBITIONS and COMMANDS. It would be folly of me to attempt to cover all of them or even collectively. I would surely miss many of them What I do intend to briefly cover is the nature of them and what to do with them. In the New Testament, it would be good to mark them as you come across them. I am quite OK with marking and writing in my Bible, some are not, I just see it as easier to reference.
They are there for us to implement them in our daily lives, we are surrounded by WARNINGS, PROHIBITIONS and COMMANDS in our natural life that we pay heed to every day. Road traffic signs tell us all sorts of things, dictating speed, direction and such. They are for not just for our safety but others too. Signs are put on when something is hot, or around excavated holes all to keep us away from harm and danger.
God wants to keep us all safe and away from danger or things that will do us harm. In 2 Peter 3:9 we read; “The Lord is not slack in keeping His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
Here are just some of the scriptures that give us warnings;
- 1 John 2:15-16 Love of the world and pride
- Proverbs 22:24 Evil associations
- Matthew 7:15 False prophets
- Ephesians 4:26 Anger and ire
- James 3 Bridling the tongue
- Matthew 6:6-12 Hypocrisy
- Luke 22:26 Ambition
- Hebrews 13:5 Money
- Luke 12:15 Covetousness
- 1 John 5:21 Idols
- Colossians 2:8 Vain philosophy
I shall end with 1 Thessalonians 5:14, a direction for us all;
“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”
And Galatians 5:13 we read;
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another.” Amen.
p.s. If you are still reading along with us on the bible reading plan well done. If you did start and gave up for one thing or another, don’t worry. We start the New Testament next Thursday, why not re-join us then? We are going to read it through in fifteen days at approximately one hour per day.