Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
I set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’
But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’
Therefore hear, O nations,
and know, O congregation, what will happen to them.
Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people,
the fruit of their devices,
because they have not paid attention to my words;
and as for my law, they have rejected it. Jeremiah 6:16-19 ESV
Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:12-15 ESV
Have you ever seen a warning label? Warning labels are all around, on many things around the house that we buy, and also in places where people work or go to school. Here are some warning labels you might see: “Danger: High Voltage,” “Heavy Object. Lift with Care,” “Caution: Hot Surface. Do Not Touch,” “Danger: Never Reach into Moving Machinery,” “May Cause Drowsiness. Use Care When Operating Car,” “Harmful if Swallowed,” “Warning: Moving Gate Can Cause Injury or Death.” What kinds of warning labels have you seen? Ignoring a warning label is foolish, and it can also be dangerous.
The prophet Jeremiah spoke a message from God to the people who were ignoring God’s warnings. He sent prophets to the people to tell them to walk in the right paths, which means to follow God’s ways, but they wouldn’t listen. They continued to do things their own way and to ignore the way the Lord wanted them to go. Jeremiah also used the picture of watchmen to describe the prophets. Watchmen stood at the top of city walls and watched for danger, and if there was danger the watchman would blow the trumpet to warn the people. But God’s prophets warned the people again and again of the danger they were in, and they wouldn’t listen. Because god’s people had ignored all of God’s warnings and turned away from his law, he was going to bring disaster on them.
God warns us today through his word, the Bible. His word shows us our sin and the ways that we’ve turned against him. The Lord wants us to turn away from our sins so that we don’t suffer his punishment. But no matter how hard we try, we can’t completely get rid of the sin in our lives. That’s why God sent Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus obeyed God’s holy law perfectly, and he died on the cross to take away our sins. We can always go to the Lord for forgiveness and help because of Jesus, and we can be sure that he will always forgive our sins. He sends us his Holy Spirit to help us trust in him and obey him.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus, our Savior, and for forgiving our sins. Please help us to trust you and follow your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.