Sirens blared tonight, warning residents about the possibilities of tornados. The gym staff evacuated all athletes from the main gym and moved them into safer areas of the building. Parents arriving to pick up children came inside the building to wait out the storm. Many people received further warnings on their phones. One man had an app that allowed him to hear the police radios. He knew the tornado was spotted over the airport. The television stations had streamed warnings across the screen, and weather maps highlighted areas that were most affected by the storm front. It was impossible to avoid the warnings tonight. The warnings were in place to help us stay safe.
God also sends us warnings about the devastating impact sin has on our lives. He warns us about the effect our disobedience has on our relationship with Him so that by the power of the Holy Spirit we can turn from our rebellion and find safety in Christ Jesus.
Warnings are not threats from God; they are words from Him that are intended to steer us away from the path of destruction onto the way of righteousness. We sometimes view His warnings as threats because we are reluctant to surrender our stubborn ways. God told the prophet Ezekiel, “But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live” (3:21).
God’s warnings are words of life.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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