… I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Therefore … I will cast you out of my sight. Jeremiah 7:13-15
One of the worst feelings in the world is waking up and realizing you missed your alarm. I’ve done it, and I know you have, too. Something jolts you awake in the middle of a perfectly good dream, and you instantly know that something is not right. One glance at the clock starts your heart beating faster than it should and sends the bedcovers flying across the room. It doesn’t take the usual ten minutes to shake off the grogginess of the previous nights’ sleep. You are in panic mode, and your eyes are wide open as you rush around trying to determine which part of your normal routine to cut out. I cannot start my day without a shower in the morning, but I certainly waste no money on water and electricity on those mornings. I turn the shower off almost as soon as I turn it on. There must be something built into the chemistry of a day that makes everything go wrong when you miss your alarm because the entire day is inevitably horrible. There have undoubtedly been some big opportunities missed by people who missed their alarm.
God is sounding the alarm to those who are not living for Him the way that they should. He sends out the warning through the Word of God and through men of God that you cannot continue living in sin. Choosing to ignore the alarm and going back to certain sins, or being so deep in sin that you miss the alarm altogether, is a dangerous thing. Many of those who miss God’s warning are living in a dreamland where they mistakenly think that living in sin is ultimately going to bring pleasure and happiness.
Some day we are all going to stand before Christ to answer for how we responded to the alarm and how we lived our lives. Those who missed all God’s warnings and ignored all the advice from counselors and the Word of God are going to be in a panic when they realized they missed it. But it will be too late to change anything by then. There will be no more time to prepare to meet God. One by one, they will be shown all the missed opportunities and rewards they could have received. Don’t ignore the warning. Wake up and realize that the pleasure is not found in sin, but in living for Jesus Christ.
Read also: Jeremiah 7:13-28
Quote of the day: "One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you always knew you should do. Do it now.”