The Pryor Times

April 24, 2013

Warnings should not be ignored

Steve Lay

— Last week, in some of the area communities, sirens went off, warning of approaching storms.  If a tornado hits a community, and no warning was given, people are extremely angry.  But, how often do we ignore warnings of tornadoes, terrorists, or other dangers?  We should be thankful for technology that provides ample warnings to protect us and help us avoid danger.  However, we often do not heed those warnings.

Warnings should not be ignored.  Every home should be equipped with smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and we should check the batteries regularly.  Our automobiles have warning lights and buzzers that warn us of potential dangers.

We want to be warned of impending danger.  We are willing to spend lots of money to make sure that we are warned of approaching storms, terrorist attacks, burglars, and other potential dangers.  When a warning alarm goes off, it is foolish to ignore it.

But there are countless individuals who are ignoring God’s warnings that a Day of Judgment is coming.  Hebrews 9:27 tells us that it is appointed unto man once to die, and after this the judgment.  In spite of this, very few are preparing for that judgment.

God’s word is always true. Back in the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would surely die.  Satan came along and told them that they would not surely die.  They listened to Satan rather than God, and sure enough, God was the one who was right.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”  Jesus Himself said in John 12:48, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”  We would be wise to heed God’s warnings.

Peter tells us that there will be scoffers who will argue, “Where is the promise of His coming?  For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation,” (2 Peter 3:4).  But Peter goes on to say that they willfully forget that God sent a flood on this earth just as He said He would, and He will also destroy this earth with fire as He has warned.  Skepticism does not alter the truth.

Although different individuals have tried to predict when the Day of Judgment will come, no one knows.  2 Peter 3:10 says, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”

In other words, God wants us to know that it will happen when we least expect it.  Jesus said in Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”  The Lord makes it plain that man cannot know the precise time that the end of the world will come.  God, in His wisdom, deemed it best to not reveal when the end of the world will take place.

Since it could happen at any time, the Lord’s message to us is to be ready at all times.  Jesus said in Matthew 24:42-44 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  God wants us to be ready because He loves us and wants us to be saved.  Let’s not make the mistake of ignoring God’s warning!