We’re given warnings all of the time in life:
- When you get pulled over. Instead of the police officer giving a ticket, he extends mercy and gives you a warning instead!
- In my classroom. I always give a warning when a student misbehaves, and I also let them know what will happen if they continue with that behavior.
- On a McDonald’s coffee cup. It flat out says, “Caution: I’m Hot”. A warning with a hint of humor!
A warning is a warning because it means that if you do this… then this will happen. So what happens if you choose to ignore the warning? Yes, it is a choice. If you get pulled over and ignore the warning, you’re going to get a ticket next time. If you ignore the warning a teacher gives you, the next time you’ll probably get a detention. If you try to chug a nonfat Caramel Mocha (personal fave!) from McDonald’s without letting it cool off, you’re going to burn your tongue. And probably talk like you have a speech impediment for the rest of the day.
Warnings are meant to protect us from bad things that could happen.
There’s other types of warnings, too. God uses people, His Word, the Holy Spirit, circumstances, and many other things to warn us as we go about our daily lives.
I’ve recently had to deal with a consequence because I didn’t pay attention to the warnings. A friend told me: “Hindsight is 20/20”. So true. The warnings were there. Plain sight. I just didn’t take heed, didn’t think anything about it.
I honestly have no one to blame but myself. And I’ll tell you why: The exact same thing I’d been praying about (it’s right there on my prayer list!) is the same thing I’m having to deal with a consequence for. I was praying for something and then doing the opposite of it! #Dumb! If you’re someone who prays or keeps a prayer list, I have a warning for you based on my recent experience: Don’t pray for something and then do the opposite of what you just prayed for. It’s hypocritical. I’m super embarrassed and ashamed. Secondly, God will do His part but you have to do your part, too.
We can pray for things to change but we have to do our part as well. For example, if you’re someone who’s addicted to alcohol, you’re not going to overcome it by going out to parties and bars, no matter how strong you think you are!
The warnings are there. For a reason. In many different forms. We have to:
- Choose to listen
- Choose to obey
- Choose to change
Warnings are there to protect us. Take heed. God loves us.