Nearly every person who drives has had a time when a warning light starts flashing on their dashboard about something. It is very easy to ignore the light flashing if everything appears to be running well.
Sometimes one believes that the warning light is not important, such as in the one light in the picture above. It is unknown why the seatbelt light is flashing, but all seatbelts are connected and working, so there is no fear of something being wrong.
However, with the engine light it may be something more important. My vehicle is running great and does not appear to have anything wrong with it, yet the engine light is on. I have a choice to make, either ignore it, and run the risk of a larger problem down the road or find out what it means and get it fixed.
In the same way that there are warning lights on a vehicle to tell one that something is wrong, God has placed warning lights and signs in the lives of believers.
John recorded, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:7 Are you hearing what God is saying? He is always speaking and leading. When one begins to go down the wrong path, God will give a warning to change the pathway.
The writer of Hebrews writes: Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:7-8 It is easy to ignore what God is saying, but that will only harden one’s heart, turning one further away from God. When God speaks, it is just like the warning signal, guiding and telling the believer what one must do or not do.
Paul writes to Timothy: All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Bible is filled with every piece of information a person needs to live life the way God wants one to live on this earth. It is filled with warnings and directions to guide the steps of the believer.
Solomon gave some great wisdom in saying: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 Just as one must trust the warning lights on a vehicle and not lean on one’s own thinking or thoughts, one must trust in God with all of his heart and not lean on his own understanding.
God will lead the believer, who trusts in Him, in all the right ways. To ignore God’s leading, is to walk down the path to destruction and death. God will always lead to life, either in this life or in eternity with Him.
Are you heeding God’s warning signs in your life? Are you listening to what God has to tell you? Or are you ignoring God, thinking you know what is best? Do not ignore God as many ignore the warning signs on the vehicle.
Picture by Tom Arn