A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 NLT
My brother Kris and sister-in-law Kitty visited us from their home in Montana. Being an avid gardener, Kitty eagerly volunteered to help weed in my flowerbeds one morning. As we worked through the bed, I noticed my Indigo plant with a mature seedpod ready to be plucked. I broke off the stem, gave it several shakes, and produced a lively, rattling sound.
Hearing the rattle, Kitty jumped back with a start and a “Whoa! Don’t do that! I thought it was a rattlesnake!” You see, Kitty has had lots of up front, personal experiences encountering rattlesnakes in her flower beds! When she hears a rattle, she responds and retracts immediately!
Ignoring a rattler’s warning is simply foolish, for the rattle warning will be followed by a strike and poisonous bite that, if not tended to, will lead to extreme discomfort and even death. Here’s sage advice: “Be aware of the rattle, and beware when you hear it!” This is simply sound wisdom.
Because of His love for us and His desire for our good, God in similar fashion gives us warnings. These warnings, like the rattlesnake’s rattle, tell us to stay away from things that He knows will harm us.
Things like “Do not lie, do not steal, do not covet, do not be wise in your own eyes, do not conform to the pattern of this world...”—so many “Do nots.” Instead of being restrictive and oppressive, however, they are actually liberating safeguards!
So as you go through life, give heed to God’s “rattles.” There are good reasons He gives His warnings, and we are wise to “be aware and beware!”
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