Don’t Miss the Warning
Written by Felicia McKnight
Jeremiah 7: 13, 26 NLT
(13) While you were doing these wicked things, says the Lord, I spoke to you about it repeatedly, but you would not listen. I called out to you, but you refused to answer.
(26) But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful—even worse than their ancestors.
Have you ever found yourself going through a major trial in life where things didn’t turn out as you hoped or planned? Maybe a marriage fell apart, a business deal became a financial loss, or you should have stayed at your old job instead of taking the new one. Maybe God told you to do something and you made up every excuse not to do it and now all hell has broken out in your life. Have you found yourself suffering the consequences of wrong decisions or a sinful lifestyle and now you wish you would have listened to God or people with sound advice?
“But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward. (Jeremiah 7: 24 NLT)
When you are in a place of having to make a major life decision it is very important as Christians to listen to God and what it is He is telling us to do. God speaks in various ways and He speaks to each individual in a manner He knows we will understand, because He knows that His sheep know His voice (John 10:27). God can speak to you through His word, a fellow believer’s counsel, dreams, visions, a devotional, a sermon, a still quiet voice, a nudging thought or a song. God speaks and you must listen.
Today’s scripture readings are sad, but not uncommon in a believer’s life. The scripture speaks of red flags warning believers of danger ahead when we choose not to listen to God. If you are in dark trial right now could it be that you missed all of the warning signs that were there? Did God show you during the relationship phase that the person you married was not right for you? You knew deep down you shouldn’t marry them, but you chose to marry them anyway because of love. Did you make up every excuse for their behavior and sit back and hope they would change after marriage, however they are still the same person or worse as a spouse? Maybe God gave you the warning signs about the business partner, but you chose to pursue the business deal anyway because you didn’t want to start the process over. Were you frustrated at your job and God told you to be still and stay there, however you pursued other opportunities only to find yourself in a place of regret? Whatever your circumstance is God gave you specific instruction or He sent all of the warning signs and now you find yourself in a place where you can look back and see that you ignored them. You heard them or seen them, but chose to follow your own plan for your life.
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it’s painful. But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (Hebrews 12:11 NLT)
When we do not follow God’s leading we head in the wrong direction and wrong paths lead to dark places. If God is showing you all of the signs today of why you should not pursue someone or something listen to Him now. It may hurt now to walk away, but listening to God will save you from an even greater heartache later.
“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” (Proverbs 19:21 NLT)
If you are in a place where you missed or ignored the warning signs the good news is God has a way of getting you back on track. In the book of Jonah God sent Jonah to give a message to the people of Nineveh. Jonah decided not to carry out his assignment from God and ran away. Jonah had to suffer the consequences of not listening to God. Jonah was eventually delivered from the dark place he found himself in as a result of not listening to God. Ultimately, God’s will was accomplished in the town of Nineveh and in Jonah’s life.
If you are struggling to make a right decision right now or if you find yourself in a dark place I pray Psalms 73:24 over you today, “May you allow God to guide you with His counsel and lead you to His glorious destiny.”
Be blessed and be encouraged!
Heavenly Father, forgive us for our sin of not always listening to your commands. Show us your ways, O Lord; Teach us your paths. Lead us in your truth and teach us, for you are the God of our salvation. (Psalms 25:4-5) As we go through life help us to remember the promises of Proverbs 10:22 that your blessings make us rich and you add no sorrow with it. Lord, give us the wisdom to know your voice and the strength to be obedient to your commands. Guide us in all of your ways, so that we will receive the fullness of the destiny you have planned for our lives and every blessing you desire to give us. In Jesus’s name. Amen