3:7 "Surely the Lord God
will do nothing, but he reveals his secret unto His servants the prophets."
can cause skepticism, as is shown next.
Even in little
things, God warns, but the key is, do
we listen? No! Examples .
22:24 and 2Chronicles
18th chapter).has a severe
heart problem. Arrogance and anger exist side by side. It seems like negatives
go together. One leads into another, and they often are contemporaneous.
is love. Love and arrogance just can't
coexist. A person of humility seldom, if ever
loses control of himself or herself by getting angry. A person of humility
is on the
qui vive to the concerns
of others. A person of humility has a direction in life that provides his
best to others. A person of humility has his or her mind off what financial
gain may accrue.(unlike
some people), and on what possible disadvantage could
occur to another.
2:19 "Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings
shall reprove thee. Know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and
bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not
in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts."
Here God warns of impending famine.(which
41:25-31; 2Samuel 21:1; 2Samuel
Another warning first:
Matthew Henry's Commentary: "Three years
after the great battle with Ben-hadad.(1Kings
20:29-34), Ahab proposed to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah,
that they should go up against Ramoth-Gilead to do battle again with Ben-hadad.
Jehoshaphat agreed, but suggested that inquiry should be first made "at
the word of God."
Ahab's prophets approved of the expedition,
but Jehoshaphat, still dissatisfied, asked if there was any other prophet
besides the four hundred that had appeared. He was informed of Micaiah.
Micaiah was then brought from prison where he had been confined, probably
on account of some prediction disagreeable to Ahab. He condemned the expedition
and prophesied that it would end, as it did, in disaster.
We hear nothing further of this prophet.
Some have supposed that he was the unnamed prophet referred to in 1Kings
stubbed your foot?
knows all future events, as He causes them or allows them to happen. Nothing
escapes His attention -Matthew 10:29,30.
He watches as the results of man's
ways of 'greed motivated, me first and foremost' culminate in many negative
In His mercy and tenderness for all
mankind, He often inspires warnings through humans; but alas, few if any
ever listen, choosing instead to carry on arrogantly
towards unseen disaster.
One example is the Titanic's demise.
The 'warning' came over a decade before
the disaster in the form of a novel. Did the engineers not see or hear
In one of his sea stories, novelist
Morgan Robertson described how a gigantic transatlantic liner, 880 feet
long, driven by three screws.(propellors).and
carrying 3,000 passengers, struck an iceberg and sank one April night during
her maiden voyage.
In his story: "the ship had been a
masterpiece of engineering; because of her revolutionary watertight compartments
she was thought to be unsinkable. However, her designers had not envisaged
the possibility that a hugh gash might be ripped in her hull by an iceberg.
To make matters worse, the ship carried insufficient lifeboats for her
mass of passengers, and she sank and over a thousand people perished."
But it was only a story, published
in 1898. The ship he wrote about in his novel
was called Titan.
Fourteen years later, on the night
of April 14, 1912, the largest and most glamorous state of the art ship
embarked on her maiden voyage. You know the rest of the story. If not,
see the movie, Titanic.
Another example is the 1970's book
Spring, by Rachel Carson, warning of the pandemic
disease she predicted would occur in the oncoming decades due to use of
pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and the like; the stuff we use so
often to spray crops and employ in and around our homes and gardens.
And we now see neurological
diseases increasing in frequency among those the more they have used
Six warnings the young
lad had. He was a logger in northern British Columbia, Canada. He made
good money. He lived in a sparsely populated area. He'd get paid. He'd
blow it all on booze and women. He lost his licence to drive, but drove
anyhow. He smashed up 6 pickups; completely totalled them. He'd drink and
get drunk, and fall asleep on the floor. He'd wake up a while later and
still drunk, decide to go for a drive, for some food, or for some girl
he knew. Six times he came out of the total wrecks he was in alone. He'd
sometimes hit a pole. He'd sometimes flip the truck. He'd sometimes hit
the ditch. He always drove recklessly and too fast. But he always came
away without a scratch; that is until the seventh time.
Now he can't drive. He's a quadriplegic.
He can talk. I talked to him. He was extremely good looking, and about
22, when I saw him outside a hospital in Calgary taking in the Sun, sitting
in his electric wheelchair. We talked. I asked him what happened. He told
me his story.
He said I never listened to life.
He wanted to have it all, and as fast as He could have it. He said God
protected him all the times he lived so carelessly, but I never listened
to any of the warnings. I disregarded them. He said now I'm in a position
all I can do is listen.