Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ARE YOU HEEDING THE WARNINGS?

The following is a devotion that our Pastor, Gary Rogers, sent to us yesterday. As I posted a few days ago, about having eyes to see and ears to hear, and paying attention to what is going on around us in our world today I wanted to share his timely words with you.

I found it timely because the ice storm that I spoke of yesterday, and he refers to did, arrive. All the schools in our area are closed and they are telling everyone who can stay home to do so and only go out if you absolutely must.

"The weather reporters are warning of ice, sleet, and snow. Every news cast and radio weather anchor is giving details of bad weather on its way. Warnings are being issued of how the ground temperature is cold and the roads will be slick and hazardous. It would be hard for anyone with any type of electronic communication devise to not be aware of the pending storm. We must all agree that we have been warned, and we have no excuse for not being prepared. For me personally I traded my light weight, rear wheel drive, sports car for Paula’s big, heavy, four wheel drive SUV. I’m ready for the storm.

It is easy to see that the news announcers don’t want anyone to be able to say, “You didn’t warn us!” If they happen to be wrong, people will forgive them for warning of potential problems that didn’t happen. But if a terrible ice storm was to hit with no warning, everyone would be trying to find out who wasn’t doing their job. No warning being issued would let people down. No warning being issued would result in people being caught unaware and then suffering the consequences of being vulnerable and unprepared in facing the elements of the storm. The warning gives opportunity for preparation. The warning is due diligence in the person issuing the alert.
Jesus is coming back! I know this sounds like a weather report you’ve heard before, but He really is coming back. John 14:3 Jesus said, “I will come again…” His integrity tells us that He is not a liar, so He will come again. Matthew 24 Jesus told us to watch for signs pointing to His return. These signs are like weather patterns pointing to an approaching weather event. Jesus said for us watch man in relationship to man in that there will be wars and rumors of wars, nations fighting with nations. Jesus said to watch man in relationship to the environment in that there will be famine, diseases, and earthquakes. Jesus also told us to watch man in relationship with God in that the gospel will be preached worldwide, but the hearts of many will grow cold. Jesus told us in Luke 21:28, “Now when these things being to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” There is no question that people need to act upon the evidence found in God’s word that Jesus is coming.

Jesus’ return is far more important than an approaching ice storm. If Jesus returns tonight and I didn’t issue the alert then you would have every right to condemn me for not having due diligence in ministry. But if I tell you and warn you to be ready, and Jesus comes and finds you not prepared then that is you not heeding the warning that was issued. Facing an ice storm is no big deal when you’ve been warned and have time to prepare. Anticipating Jesus return and knowing you are completely prepared gives a wonderful assurance for both today and tomorrow."




This is a picture I took of our front yard this morning. You can see the ice covered tree branches and it is solid ice under the little snow on the streets and walks. The pine tree lost it's top 1/2 in the last ice storm.


Please, I pray, that you prepare yourselves for the storms that we are being warmed about as we read The Word with open ears and open eyes.


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18 comments:

char72 said...

I agree with you, the signs are everywhere and people mostly are ignoring them. Many are not aware that there even are signs and many who do are ignoring them. Thank you for this reminder. I wish everyone in the world would read it.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Mari said...

Good devotion. There are signs - more all the time. I'm reading a book right now that is going through the prophecies made in the Bible and how they are being fulfilled. Very interesting!

Shirley said...

Thanks for the good reminder. I keep watching and wondering what Obama is going to do next.

Maalie said...

I agree with you Penless that we should heed the warnings. Especially such warnings about climate change and environmental deterioration. Sudden and often violent extremes of weather conditions like the one you describe are exactly what is predicted by the global warming models.

I give thanks that you now have a new president who may restore world-wide respect to your great nation.

Brenda said...

What a great analogy. I love the part of scripture that says "lift up your heads for your redemption draws nigh".

Nancy said...

I surely agree I think we are in end times right now!!! so be ready!!!

retha said...

This is foreign to me, the ice and storm, still it looks so beautiful.

And that is what we will see when we are with the LORD. Beauty

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

I love the message!

I heard you were in for some storms. Ice is so hard to deal with..hoping you get warm weather to melt all the ice!

PEA said...

Oh dear, I do hope you're staying inside where it's safe and warm! Ice storms are so dangerous. This was a wonderful inspirational post, dear Susan. May we all be prepared. xoxo

Kathy said...

Susan, I had a related event with my daughter. Here in Phoenix we had cooler temps today, but from ALL APPEARANCES it seemed sunny, with a breeze as our trees swayed in silence from our comfy indoor view. But when we got outside, it was quite cool and even somewhat chilly. Not ice-storm chilly, but very brisk for us. We were talking about how man looks on the outside (i.e. Bethany and I seeing only sunny skies and bending tree branches)but God looks in the heart ( as in cold uncomfortable temperatures). God never deceives-He gets straight to the truth of the matter. We must seek His words, and we must heed His words. Thank you for a wonderful word of warning. Kathy

Tina said...

that picture is beautiful!

Nadine said...

Preparations and prayer is well warranted.

Pam said...

Awesome and timely! I agree with char72, many have never been taught the Bible and know nothing about the warnings in it.

I enlarged the photo you posted here and thought about global warming! hehe

I don't know if you noticed or not, but the other night when you were leaving a comment for me and menioned I check out Heart in 1 Accord as you had a pressing request, it was around the same time I was posting a prayer there for your friend. I know it was the Holy Spirit speaking to both of us at about the same time. It gave me chills!

Momma Roar said...

Thank you for this. While I do know it, I need to be reminded as it is easy for other things to "get in the way." Thanks for blessing me with this today!

Susie said...

Love the devotion! I am more passionate than ever in studying God's word to know truth in these crazy times. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy said...

Susan, If you read this comment, I would like to email you about a dream I had last night very similar to this msg you're sending. My address is dwellingplacemusic@cox.net. Thanks, Kathy

Barbara said...

We have had a lot of ice and frost this year but I don't expect to see so much in Oklahoma.Pretty but treacherous.

diana said...

what a nice devotion. simple, yet powerful in it's reminder of where our focus should be.

hope you endured your storm. warmer weather is on the way.