Sometimes things in life happen that set us thinking. Lessons can be learned from just observing things around us. The scripture makes this clear and it is one way the Lord expects us to learn and make the necessary adjustments and corrections in our lives.
Proverbs 1: 20
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets
Ecclesiastes 7: 2
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Ezekiel 12: 8 – 9
And in the morning came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,
Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?
From the scripture in Ezekiel, we can see that the Lord expected the house of Israel to observe and ask questions.
I remember a few years ago, during the purchase of a car, the sales man said “ l have just recently attended the funeral of my aunt, and it does set you thinking about what happens after death”? That was an open door and we shared the gospel with him. Clearly Ecclesiastes 7: 2 being fulfilled.
The birth of John the Baptist caused people to say “What manner of child is this?” Why? because of the surrounding circumstances of his birth. His parents very old, father unable to talk until the naming of the child. The incidents surrounding his birth set people thinking. The account can be found in Luke 1. Luke 1 verse 66 says: And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
To be wise, one has to learn to be sober and learn from things that happen in life. From scripture we can see that the Lord expects us to learn from our surroundings. Sometimes the Lord also uses these things to catch our attention.
As we observe happenings in the world, let us apply our hearts and learn from them and make the necessary adjustments. One thing is sure, man will fail. Do you know the only one who cannot fail you? Have you observed things that are a concern to you? It could be a wake up call. Perhaps time to take your walk with the Lord more seriously. If you departed earth today, would you make heaven your home?
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson