The tide of the world
You might think Cairns has big tides, but our king tides of 3 metres or more are quite small compared to that of Derby in Western Australia, where they experience 12 metre tides. It’s quite amazing to watch the turn of the tide in a place like Derby – you can literally watch from their very tall wharfs, the fish come in on the tide and then be dragged out with the tide. The tides over there are very big and powerful indeed. Part of their tourism includes seeing the power of such a big tide when going through narrow sections, such as at Talbot Bay, where you can see what is known as the Horizontal Falls, for obvious reasons!
And why do I mention ‘tides’? Well for a while now I’ve had an increasing concern over something here at TGS. And it is the decreasing number of us who actually attend church each week. Years ago we had a small number of people who came once-a-month, but the majority of us came each week. But that has changed in past years and it is concerning – just as the reasons given for not coming along regularly are equally concerning.
Friends we need to realise two things. The first is that the pull on us from the world is much greater than ever before. The tide of our world here in Cairns, indeed Australia, is much bigger than ever before. The difference between the way of the world and the kingdom of heaven is more like a 12 metre tide now, and so one will have to intentionally and sometimes forcefully take steps to protect oneself and one’s family from its pull. And if you don’t, you will be dragged in and out by it, and so you’ll find yourself rarely in church – or having to leave straight after it – rarely reading your Bible and rarely coming along to the events that we carefully organise to help God’s family here stay close to him.
And the second thing, my dear brothers and sisters, is this: there are many reasons why God’s people are to regularly meet with one another – and all the more so, when we live in 12 metre tides now – and one of them, just one of them, is to encourage one another and spur one another on. So not meeting together regularly, will affect both you and me, it will affect all of us.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
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