Warning Signs


“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds. ‘If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.’”  —  John 7:37-38

Three young men had taken summer jobs at Yellowstone National Park so they could put their responsibilities behind them for a time and enjoy the wonders of that magnificent place. One August day they were looking for some fun and decided to go swimming when they got off work.

Thinking they were diving into one of the many cool Yellowstone pools, the trio jumped in unison into a 178-degree hot spring. Some friends who happened to be nearby heard their screams and ran to help them out of the scalding water. For one of the men, it was too late. He was dead at the scene. The other two had severe burns all over their bodies.

This incident is especially tragic because it could have been avoided had the young men simply seen the warning signs. The thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park are surrounded by thin fragile crusts that identify them as hot springs. In addition, numerous warning signs are posted around the pools. Either those swimmers missed the signs, or they ignored them.

Life is full of warning signs, isn’t it?

Today’s Scripture tells the story of Jesus posting a warning sign for people who had no idea they were in trouble. Life for them was comfortable enough that they didn’t recognize their desperate need for Jesus. But he knew their need. He knew that disaster was imminent if they did not heed his warnings, so he shouted out for all to hear.

Jesus wanted as many people as possible to hear him. Sadly, however, many people refused to heed his warning. Are you heeding the warnings God has given you through his written Word?

The time of our opportunity is very short. The call of the Savior is clear. Are you hearing and heeding the call?

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