SOME WARNINGS CAN BE VERBAL
A dear father had a strong pattern of indulging in alcohol. It was so terrible that at a point when the wife delivered a male child through Caesarean section. He left his wife in her state and went to drink with his friends. He was the late-night crawler.
One of such nights, he returned home drunk and his daughter said to him in Yoruba, “Useless man, he has gone to drink again”. Amazingly, that was the day he stopped drinking and his walk with Christ began.
His warning came loud and clear. He had to choose between heeding the warning or doing things just the same way. His life went upward from that day.
God can use voices in your life to get you back on track or preserve you from trouble. It was the nephew of Paul the Apostle that brought the news about the scheme to eliminate him. That information saved Paul from those zealots.
Apostle Paul warned the captain and the crew that there was going to be a storm but they looked down on his warning. They followed expert opinion and perceived the external calmness of the wind.
Shortly after setting out, the storm hit them badly and showed us what happens to those who refuse to yield to divine warnings:
First, they lost their course. There was so much difficulty and the journey was very slow.
We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone.
Acts 27:7 NIV
Second, they wasted and lost time. There are people today full of regrets because they had wasted and lost time in life and destiny.
Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous…
Acts 27:9 NIV
Third, they lose precious resources. Some losses are avoidable.
We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.
Acts 27:18 NIV
Fourth, if caution is not taken, they will lose hope. When hopelessness sets in, the journey of life becomes difficult.
When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved.
Acts 27:20 NIV
When you heed divine warnings, your life takes an upward and forward trajectory. Correction lifts us in life. Take it with joy. If it comes through a sermon, do not argue. Adjust! If it comes through a situation, adjust. If it comes from a small child, take it and adjust.
What warnings are you ignoring? Can you bear the consequence?