Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 7, 2014

Warning Labels

Young Woman Looking Away from Book“Woe to the obstinate children, declares the Lord, to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;” Isaiah 30:1 (NIV)

Are you a label reader? I spend more time reading the labels in the grocery store than I do actually shopping. Organic, all natural, whole grain, low sodium – you almost need a degree to translate what’s really inside some products. Nutritionists would be quick to say it is time well spent, however, I find them totally confusing. I’m so glad that God makes His warning labels crystal clear. In fact, He’s the original red flag raiser establishing safe boundaries to protect us from our own sinful desires. Throughout scripture, God warned His people in advance of impending danger and horrific consequences that would result from their disobedience. Obstacles arose in their paths, doors were closed and even angels were dispersed to lead people from danger. Yet the overwhelming desires of their hearts and determination to continue with their own plans often resulted in devastating consequences. Today, we are faced with the same dilemma. Determined to go our own way, we often settle for a temporary pleasure instead of a guaranteed blessing. We ignore red flags and often trudge forward asking God to bless our upcoming messes. By heeding God’s warnings and obeying His commandments, we can avoid unnecessary heartache. Maybe we should spend more time reading God’s warning labels; I’m sure He would be quick to say it’s time well spent.

“Father, Teach us how to heed Your warning signs and avoid the pitfalls of moving against Your will. You are our great Protector guiding us away from danger; thank You for positioning us to receive guaranteed blessings.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

 

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