Final Warning | Genesis 7:1-5
Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and his mate, and a pair of the animals that are not clean, the male and his mate, and seven pairs of the birds of the heavens also, male and female, to keep their offspring alive on the face of all the earth. For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” And Noah did all that the Lord had commanded him. Genesis 7:1-5 | ESV
A friend recently posted this on her FB page:
Three clues you need a new car:
1. The check engine light is the only light that seems to work consistently.
2. When you hear an odd noise while diving you freak out until you notice it’s coming from the vehicle next to you.
3. You realize the odd noise is really coming from your car, but you just turn the music up to drown it out.
This is pretty much what we do with warnings, isn’t it? It’s got to be for the guy next to you…and if all else fails, drown out the warning with more noise. We ignore our check engine lights. We ignore those disconcerting signs that something deep down is amiss within us. Our cars and our bodies can literally be screaming at us to stop, lift the hood and do some deep diagnostics but, experts at avoidance that we are, we keep going straight ahead. And so, Jesus warns us (quick, someone turn up the radio!), “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away” (Matthew 24:38-39). We don’t know the day or the hour ahead of us – which hasn’t kept us from trying to calculate it multiple times as each successive generation loudly proclaims it’s the last – but would it matter if we were told the day or even the year? God told them they had 120 years. And humanity responded with a collectively yawned “Whatever.” Except for Noah. He listened. He moved, and risked, and built, and becoming a “preacher of righteousness,” evidently didn’t try to make a secret of what he was doing or why. And then God gave a seven-day warning. Still no response. Some think that Genesis 7:10 indicates still another seven days waiting after that. And all of the animal kingdom responds and files past a humanity too busy to notice. They literally had to ignore the ultimate parade. Oh how hinged we can be to our complacency. What will it take for us to see the light, acknowledge the noise, and let ourselves stop and listen?
When have you ignored a warning light on the dashboard of your life until it was almost too late? What happened? Why do you think we are so apt to ignore warning signs?
Lord, whether they be signs of life or signs of warning, keep my heart attentive and responsive to them today. And help me to lower the volume on my life so I can. Through Jesus.
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