Nobody likes alarm clocks. They rudely awaken us from our sweet slumbers. They command us to get up when we don’t feel like it. In some ways, we can consider them to be a curse. “Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing” (Proverbs 27:14).
Yet alarm clocks serve an important function in our lives. They tell us the truth, regardless of our feelings. They tell us that we need to get up now in order to fulfill our responsibilities. Without the alarm, we might miss class or work or some other important meeting. For this reason, we endure the alarm clock.
The Bible is like an alarm clock. It tells us what we don’t want to hear. It tells us of our sin. It tells us of the coming judgment. We don’t like to hear these things, but they are true.
Now thankfully, the Bible tells us how to avoid the judgment. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).