Children aren’t always thrilled when they hurry off to run across the street to go play with their friends only to have their parents warn them about the traffic, tell them to stop and look both ways, and not cross until they are safe to do so. Oh, sure, they may be thankful afterward. But before? Not altogether likely! Nor are we adults always so thankful – as we should be – when God warns us to not do something. He warns us because He is Lord, King, Savior, and Creator, in His love for us, because His will for us is best, because He wants us to obey Him not rebel against Him, because He wants to bless us not chasten us, because He wants to save us from the consequences of temptation and sin, because He wants to protect us from something or someone, and because He wants us to end up in heaven not hell and the lake of fire, etc.
Sadly sometimes whether or not we obey God we are like children all hurt and upset and complaining when God warns us not to do something. What we should be 100% of the time in response to God’s warnings is humble, obedient, and THANKFUL!
We would do well to get rid of our pity and complaining and choose to be thankful to the Lord for warning us. Don’t you think?
“But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition [original Greek word per Strong’s concordance also translated whereby “warning” is mentioned], upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor. 10:5-11 KJV