January 18, 2009
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36
Just about anywhere you go you will encounter warning signs: "No left turn", "Dead End", "No trespassing", "Wet paint."
Amazingly, although we see those warning signs, there are times we don't take them to heart. Maybe our attention is on other things; maybe we think the signs are for others, but not us. Either way, we ignore them.
That's what happened when several iceberg warnings were telegraphed to the ill-fated ship, the Titanic. When one of the last telegraphs came in, the Titanic's radio operator wired back: "Shut up, shut up, I'm busy."
Soon afterward, the great ship, whose captain had said, "God Himself couldn't sink this ship," was sinking. Over one thousand people were drowned because someone failed to listen to the warnings.
In truth, it's not wise to disregard warnings. Although they might be inconvenient and inopportune, such an action can endanger our own lives and those of others.
I imagine it goes without saying to the readers of the Daily Devotion that it can be even more dangerous to ignore God Who warns us that the soul that tries to live without Jesus will certainly die.
Our text for today gives just one of those serious cautions. Only the foolish unbeliever would dare to disregard the Lord or the Savior Who came to redeem him. Only the arrogant would think of himself as being unsinkable.
Far better to listen to the warnings of the Lord and cast ourselves to the salvation and forgiveness the Savior has won through His sacrificial life.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, I am not unsinkable. I thank You for the gift of Your Son. Because of His sacrifice, I have eternal life through faith. Help me to have the wisdom to heed warnings of danger which threaten my earthly and spiritual well-being. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries