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Written in the Wind

Every year westerly winds develop high over the South Pole due to differences in sunshine strength above the land and sea. Every so often with this event that strength increases. It is forecast that this spring and summer will be much higher, resulting, in an exceptionally dry summer for much of Australia. We are told that this is not part of global warming.

What it means for Australia, already staggering under drought conditions, is that things may only get worse, except for western Tasmania and small parts of the mainland south coast. We can read about it on the Bureau web page cited below.* What we ought to know is that these climactic changes can affect the social and political stability of a society in its path.

We have a good example of this form of climate, economic and social change in our daily readings for Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th. There was already wide-spread drought causing migration to Egypt, and probably other places. Genesis 17:3.

Joseph sold them the grain he had purchased for Pharaoh during the seven glut years. When their money was gone he exchanged their cattle, their means of livelihood for grain. When all their cattle were sold he took their land in exchange for food, and the drought was as yet far from over. Therefore Joseph employed them. The Egyptians had gone from small freehold farmers to slaves of the state, living without assets, on a hand out allowance and paying tax. Read the story first hand in your Bible.

The people moved from being small subsistence farmers to agricultural labourers dependent on a government hand out.

Learn the lessons. The Bible as the word of God, makes us wise to not only the spiritual blessing of salvation in Christ, but to the dangers inherent in family and social relationships. Changes are taking place in our society and in our environment at a fast pace. But there is a place of security . . .

"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock."
Isaiah 26:3&4

All Scripture quoted is from the English Standard Version
*  http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/updates/articles/a035.shtml

 

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