Have you ever looked at the pamphlet that comes with prescribed medications? There is a specific part that gives warnings if the drug is not taken correctly, and there are also warnings of the side effects that come with taking the medication. On the back of a pack of cigarettes, there is a general surgeon warning on it. When you are driving on the highway, and you encounter those big orange or white signs that warn you of construction up ahead so that you can watch your speed limit. Not only are those signs there for your safety but the safety of the people working on the road itself.
We must be mindful of the warnings and instructions we get in this life journey. We grow and learn through life’s experience, yes, but we should never get to a place in life where we feel like no one can tell us anything. God loves us so much that He sends us warnings. The warning could come through parents, loved ones, or our leaders. God can choose anyone that He wants to warn you. He can even use a child or a stranger. How do we know that we are being warned? The definition of warn is to give notice to beforehand, especially of danger or evil; to give admonishing advice to; to call to one’s attention. Advice from people who have your best interest at heart when they tell you not to do something because it will harm you or someone else is an example of a warning. God may give a message to your Pastor in the form of a warning.
Sometimes God will warn you through dreams. One of the teachings that I receive at my current ministry is acknowledging the red flags that we see when we are dating a person. I was in a previous relationship and thought I was so in love; I chose to ignore the red flags that I saw. One night I had a dream about the person telling me that he has to leave and would not be back. In the dream, I was telling him that I couldn’t understand why. I heard sirens from the beginning during the dream, and the sirens got louder and louder and louder until I woke up. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the dream was a warning. Thank God I took heed.
Life is full of warnings. The Bible is full of promises and warnings. The Word of God is filled with prophecy of what will happen before the return of Jesus. Are you listening to the warning? If every good promise in the Bible is true, why would the promises and prophecies of Jesus’ return also not be true? Revelations 1:8 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Matthew 24:36 says, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” 1Thessalonians 5:2 says, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, “For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” These are just a few, but there is so much more to include a vision of Christ’s return given to John by God in Revelations Chapter 1, beginning with verse 9.
As parents, we warn our children about the dangers of the world because we want them to be aware, watchful, and careful in their decision-making. On different jobs, people are warned not to do certain things for safety reasons. We warn our family and friends because we love them and want them to make the right decisions. God warns us because He wants nothing but the best for us. He wants us to live a life of Heaven here on earth, but He also wants us to reign in Heaven with Him for eternity. Proverbs 4:20 says, “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.” Don’t ignore the warning signs!