Sunday, January 23, 2011

Storm Warning - January 23, 2011

2 Peter 3:10-12 (New King James Version)
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.[laid bare]

11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

Have you heard that mariner's warning, "red sky in morning, sailors take warning"? It means that if the sky is red in the morning, the day will have bad weather. It's just one of the warnings that we are confronted with on a daily basis.

We have warning signs and warning labels, and warnings on our clothes. We have tornado warnings and ice-storm warnings, and warnings about all kinds of weather. We are warned about fats and warned about cholestrol, and we are warned about the fact we need to lose weight. We are warned about drugs and alcohol, and warnings about all kinds of dangerous living. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is a warning about something.

As we read the Bible, we come across warnings as well, as God tries to show us what we need to do to be right with Him. What we read in its verses either stands as a testament to right living, or a warning against one's sin. But everything we are warned about culminates in a warning about the coming of the end. In several books in both the Old and New Testaments, we are warned of a coming storm, and we are warned of one fateful day, called the Day of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord will be a time when God judges mankind, and His judgement will be either a time of blessing or terrible curse. That time will spell the end of things as we know them, and the Bible is very vivid and clear about those events. That coming day will be a time of great distress and anguish for those who have not accepted the provision God has made for people. As we are told in 2 Peter, all the works of man will be burned up and destroyed. This will truly be a terrible day for those who don't believe in Jesus Christ as God's provision of salvation.

Warnings are everywhere in our lives, just in case we come too close to something that we are being warned about. They are there to keep us safe from harm. So too are God's warnings in His word. God has given us time to be saved from the coming destruction, and we are truly arrogant if we ignore them. Since we do not know "the day or the hour", what changes will you make in your life to make sure you take part in His way of escape?

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