Ignoring the Warning Signs

Today marks the one year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown on the island of Japan. The devastation experienced in that country was great. I have great compassion for the trouble they experienced. But, they were warned.

Dotted throughout the country are hundreds of stone markers along the coastline, warning of the tsunamis that may come. Some of these markers are several centuries old. One slab reads as follows, …

“High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants. Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.” (source)

You can hear the wisdom of previous generations, who experienced tsunamis similar to last year’s devastation. They knew what it was like to lose house and home. They passed on the wisdom to subsequent generations. Yet, Japan has ignored the warning signs.

The Bible is equally filled with many warnings of the wrath to come. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). “Because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5-6).

And yet sadly, many will ignore these warnings and live in the lowlands.

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