Often times, we receive warnings. Our phones show when the battery is low. The dashboards tell us when something needs to be serviced on our vehicles. Alarm clocks say that sleep time is over. Warnings and alarms reveal many things, and we often take heed. But it's interesting to me that as Christians, we read the Bible and neglect those warnings. We bypass instructions on what to do and neglect the directives on what not to do. We grumble and complain when life doesn't go our way, wandering around in our own destruction, frustrated with a God who won't rescue us on our time. Yet this same God is the One that gave the warning we ignored. Interesting...
God loved the nation of Israel so much that the Old Testament provides account of how he proposed and got married to the people. Clear instructions were given, warnings were provided, but the people still committed spiritual infidelity. They worshiped other gods. They abandoned and neglected the one true God. The same God that was faithful to no end, provided for them, split the Red Sea, had manna rain down from heaven, and offered protection and provision on numerous occasions. Punishment came at different times, yet the people were indignant when it happened.
Why does it come to this? Why don't we accept what He has told us? Why don't we believe that His ways are good and best? Why do we have to test Him? We open these doors and bring destruction on ourselves, and then get mad when all hell breaks loose.
What would it look like if you decided to walk in obedience today? Perhaps you don't know where to begin. Maybe you've never read the Bible before. Maybe you don't know the promises, the "rules", the ins and outs of Christianity. Just start somewhere. Anywhere. God loved us so much that He gave. Maybe for you, starting now means giving. Giving to someone in need. Helping someone that can never repay you. Jesus said we're to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls and minds. But equally important? Loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. So maybe for you that means showing love to someone you'd otherwise ignore. Maybe it's having lunch with someone that doesn't look like you, someone you previously prejudged. The Word says that we'll reap what we sow. Perhaps today you're making a decision to sow good things to reap a harvest of other things as well. Sow good deeds. Sow kind words. Donate to local nonprofit, church, or ministry. Galatians 5 talks about living by the Spirit.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Maybe today you need to give yourself a heart exam and evaluate what kind of fruit you are displaying.
God has given ample warnings of things we're to do and not to do. Don't let disobedience bring destruction and discord in your life, your business, your marriage, your household, your offspring, your finances, job, your relationships, etc. Choose today to take heed to the Word of the Lord. Let it be a lamp unto your feet. Choose wisely and listen to all warnings. They always come before destruction.