Wise are the children of God who heed their heavenly Father’s warnings. Like an earthly father who describes a destructive path up ahead—smart and shrewd are the son or daughter who learn from the one who loves them the most. We give our heart to the Lord to be led by the Lord. Others may ridicule our preparedness, but by faith we persevere in our preparations. We adjust our plans based on a better understanding of God’s revelation.
“The LORD warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.” 2 Kings 17:13
Warnings are as specific as your Pastor teaching Christ’s commands from the Bible to flee from the motivation of materialism, or as broad as a friend praying for you to finish well. Warnings are a mixture of a healthy fear in letting down the Lord and those who respect you—to being responsible for protecting your family from financial irresponsibility. Maybe the Almighty’s ark for you is to construct a conservative plan to manage cash wisely. Or, it could be for you to build a household of faith where your family finds a haven of hope.
Be on the look out for the Lord’s warnings in your life. Astute is the man or woman who responds to the flashing lights on the dashboard of their behavior—it may say slow down your decision-making process or speed up your attention to fiscal stewardship. Or, build boundaries around your dating, your marriage and your friends, so relationships don’t sink under the weight of unmet expectations. Where the Lord warns—wisdom prepares.
“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?” Hebrews 12:25
What warning do I need to heed from the Lord and those who love me?
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