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I have watched the wildfires burning across Southern California over the past week and began to think about what happens when nature gives us a picture of reality. I watched with others around the world in horror as mansions worth millions of dollars were reduced to a pile of ash. Cars, prized possessions, and other treasures were decimated.

The Bible tells us that one day, the Earth and everything in it will be consumed by fire. In the beginning, God brought judgment to the Earth by flood, but in the end, it will come by fire. The Scriptures tell us that a new heavens and a new Earth will be formed. In this new creation, righteousness will dwell forever. This is the plan of God for the ages. This is what motivates missions. We work while there is still time, for the day will come when the work is over. Read this scripture from 2 Peter 3:7-14. I will talk more about this over the next few posts:
7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”

*May God continue to protect and provide for those who’s lives have been affected by this tragedy in Cali.
JL

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