Thursday, March 5, 2015
Heeding the Cautions
We see signs warning us.... Caution, Danger, and more. They warn us to be watchful... to be extra aware... extra careful. Sometimes they tell us to keep out.... or no tresspassing.... sometimes they say the floor is wet.... or the bridge is out... or do not cross when water is on the road... or lake warnings that the water is too rough...
Many people pridefully disregard such warnings.... a spirit of rebellion drives some to do what they want.
Every year, many people put others in danger by such an attitude... people have to be rescued because of their own foolishness... from flooded rivers, from mountains, from construction sites... and sometimes those who rescue them end up dying.... all because of one person's foolishness in ignoring the cautions.... in not being wise.
Some signs are big, some are little....
Some are verbal, some are written... others are posted.
Men working with big machinery is an area for caution... it isn't safe to play in the area... in fact, it is best to stay away... go around the area.... and stay safe.
In fact, it is fashionable in our culture to push the limits... to test the boundaries... to say, "I have my rights!" There is even a law that says that features, like swimming pools and more.... on PRIVATE property can be called an attractive nuisance... and the owner can be held liable for injuries to the person who trespassed to get to it. It seems so silly... so ridiculous...... and it is really very sad. The rebellion of people who think it is okay to climb a water tower... to trespass in an abandoned building... to climb on a roof ... to enter someone's home.... and more.... even when it is not theirs... all because there was no sign posted saying they couldn't... or because a door was left unlocked.... or just because they wanted to. So sad.
More big machines moving dirt... kids love moving dirt and sand... and this is even better because it uses BIG scoops.... BUT the signs warn people to stay away.
Those who ignore the signs can run into problems.... and hurt themselves... or others.
Cautions.... Warnings... we get them and sometimes we ignore them. Maybe it's a speed limit sign that is ignored and a ticket results... or an overdue bill notice... or a stop sign that we roll through.. or other warnings. Wisdom would say to heed the cautions. Sometimes rebellion says "I can do what I want!" "They can't tell me what to do." and more.
Some warnings come from our bodies... pain that warns of infection..... little health problems that if ignored, become big health problems.
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41
"Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5
We can look at the cautions God gives and rebel... or we can look at the cautions God gives and be thankful for the warnings. He wants the best for us... I hear people who say that God just ruins their fun... what an awful thing to say... or believe. Maybe there should be a caution sign over our heart... oh, that's right... God already wrote one. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 We have the ability to deceive ourselves... and we need to keep evaluating what we believe... is it true?
God tells us to rejoice in the Lord... to let your moderation be known.... to be thankful... to praise Him... to be content... to flee temptation. Sometimes, we face troubles in life because of our own disobedience to God's Word... and we should evaluate to see if something is wrong in our life... and fix it.
God's Word needs to be our standard.... and we should be wise enough to obey it. Are we heeding the Cautions?
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