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Exodus 5 to 8
Most of what we believe in science is founded on constants. We believe that for example the speed of light is a constant everywhere in the universe. The fact is that we can't measure it anywhere else than in our immediate vicinity – but we believe it to be so. The whole of modern physics hinges on this belief – which may or may not be true.
2 Peter 3:4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." NIV
Some of us are so caught up with constants that if we go out on a Wednesday night for three weeks, then missing a fourth will let someone down and be 'unthinkable'.
We expect medical science to improve, our standard of living to improve, our wages to increase and our pleasure time to grow. We don't expect the trends of our lifetime to change – we expect them to be constant.
One strategically placed nuclear detonation over the UK would blow every microprocessor chip in the nation. We would have no electricity – no communication, not even control over running water. Government would find it hard to operate and life would be difficult in every way.
Recently scientists claim that it is a possibility that the Gulf Stream could stop flowing (because of global warming). If it did, the UK would have a climate more like Newfoundland. Snow might last for 3 months a year and the whole transport system might be closed for a month every year. This is inconceivable in a nation where a breakdown in the transmission of one episode of 'Eastenders' would be considered a global catastrophe.
Peter warns us not to have this complacent and deluded attitude that everything will carry on like it has done. We can rely on Jesus, and the prophecies of the Bible, but we have no divine right to believe that we can get away without change in our lives. The return of Jesus Christ to this earth is scheduled. Before He comes there will be disasters, diseases and all sorts of upsets. Let us live close to Him, so that these things will not be a shock to us, but so that we can continue to be a source of light to everyone around us in dark times. This scripture reveals the great dependable:
Matt 28:20 I will be with you always, even until the end of this age. NCV