If you are going to see a movie, you don’t want someone to tell you how it ends, right? However, in life sometimes it pays to look ahead to what ignoring a signal or warning might bring! When you are driving your car and see an octagon shaped sign, what do you do? It means to STOP, a red light also means that you stop! The warning on a pack of cigarettes says that smoking can cause cancer of the lung, did that cause you to quit smoking? You know that too much sugar is like poison to your body, and if you are diabetic, it can actually mean death, yet I know a man who just adds an extra shot of insulin so he can eat whatever he wants including an extra piece of pie. Young people are warned about unprotected sex, yet according to the CDC the incidences of venereal disease is on the rise, as is teen-age pregnancy.
We don’t want to be told what to do, or how to do it! I find that applies to most everything, at least the souls I have dealt with in the past. No one really wants advice, they might ask you “what to do” in a given situation but then ignore anything you might have said, because they asked! We all think we are the exception to any rule that we can make anything right, and have an excuse for everything we want or that we want to do.
You fall in love with someone, and at first they are the perfect someone, you do see a major character flaw but you decide it just doesn’t matter because YOU are the person that can make the change in their life, in other words “they will change for you!” I call it the Beauty and the Beast complex, and are you wondering how I know so much on that particular subject? Let’s just say I read a book about it once (I plead the fifth!)
There is a tree in my front yard, the trunk rises high and then separates into four big, perfect branches that leaves a perfect little hollow place for a wonderful nest. This is right next to our majestic magnolia, planted the week we moved into this house. I have watched the squirrels take small branches and the thick, wide, shiny leaves from it to build a nest in the pocket of those four branches. Back in the Spring I stood and watched them for a while one day and I wished I could talk to them. I wanted to tell them that, whereas their convenient, cozy little nest was easy to build in that place, it was also convenient for the hawks that live all around here to see and easy access for them to rob. I would like to have told them that last year I have stood at the base of that tree, water hose in hand, screaming to the top of my lungs, trying to scare off the hawk who was robbing the nest of its tender young contents. The squirrel parents were there, just below the nest on the trunk of the tree, screaming at him, to no avail. Off he flew with his meal of succulent baby squirrel clutched tightly in his talons, I was too late to help. It wasn’t many mornings from then that I walked out on our brick sidewalk and there on the driveway was a small branch with three magnolia leaves on it. I walked across the driveway to the base of the tree and saw more of these carefully selected branches lying on the ground and, sick to my stomach, looked upward, where I saw the nest hanging over the side, branches askew, too late, it had already happened again. I remembered seeing that hawk making several passes at the nest the day before but I was hoping against hope that he would not see it. He saw.
We are given warnings all through the Word of God, advice on how to live and ways to act, but do we always heed the warnings? 1 Peter 5:8-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are! —Will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
Just because something is easy to do, does not mean it is the right thing to do, just because you can do it and get by with it, doesn’t mean that you should.
What have you been warned about? What are you ignoring as “old-fashioned”, or viewing as a “religious spirit”?
Haggai 1:5 Now, says the Lord God, “Consider your ways.”
And that’s all I have to say about that, as my dad would have said, “a word to the wise is sufficient” and there are “no exceptions to the rules!”