Most of us like the warm weather of spring and summer, but with that comes construction season.
We don’t like warning signs that tell us to slow down. If the road is completely out, the sign will say danger ahead.
Among many other things, we can think of the Bible as our book of warning signs. God’s laws and instructions are not to harm us, but to keep us from getting hurt, like construction warning signs.
As a sign that tells us of construction ahead, God speaks to our hearts to tell us we need to slow down; we all need that at some point. Why?
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way (Isaiah 53:6).
We want to do what we want to do, sometimes even if He gives us a sign to warn us.
On many occasions in the Bible, God gave warning to His people through men like Moses to Pharaoh and to His prophets.
You may think that you can’t get out of tempting situations.
God’s spirit speaks to our hearts, telling us not to do whatever it is that we want to do.
We know when something’s wrong.
Even when we put ourselves in a situation or place we shouldn’t be in and the temptation to sin is right before us, He gives us a way out.
But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. Cor. 10:13.
But He won’t force us. It is our responsibility to listen to His warning signs.
When we still don’t listen and go our own way, He allows us to “crash” in our sin.
Even when we confess it to Him, there are consequences to our sin, either to us or to those around us.
However, in His love, He’s always ready with open arms and with unconditional love to forgive us and restore us to the right road so to speak.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not His benefits – who forgives all our sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Ps 103: 2-4.
Thank you, Father, that You give us warning signs. Help us to have open eyes to see them, and open ears to hear Your voice.
–by Pam Rehbein