Road signs provide the protection needed for us to travel as reasonably and safely as possible. At least when we pay attention and follow the instructions that is.
Stop signs in particular, are crucial as they usually signal a potential danger that if not heeded could mean immediate harm.
Unfortunately, there is poorly designed intersection located in my neighborhood.
The stop sign is placed so far back that in order for you to see clearly when making a left or right turn, you must drive past the stop sign.
Those familiar with this intersection have knowledge of its dangers and understand what is required to safely transition.
However, those that are not generally find themselves in near miss situations.
I began to think, does God provide warnings for the purpose of providing safe passageways in our lives?
Does God provide warnings of dangers that lie ahead?
The answer is, yes He does.
And according to 1 Samuel 19: 2,3 He sometimes uses people.
"Saul called his son Jonathan together with his servants and ordered them to kill David. But because Jonathan treasured David, 2 he went and warned him: "My father is looking for a way to kill you. Here's what you are to do. Tomorrow morning, hide and stay hidden. 3 I'll go out with my father into the field where you are hiding. I'll talk about you with my father and we'll see what he says. Then I'll report back to you." 1 Samuel 19: 2,3 The Message Bible
David was about to be killed at the command of Saul. Fortunately for David, Jonathan decided to share with David what his father was about to do.
David heeded and his life was spared.
Several vital activities had to occur for this to happen.
First, Jonathan had to care enough and be willing to share with David what he was privy to.
Secondly, David had to be willing to believe and trust what Jonathan had shared and follow his instructions.
Without both, tragedy would have most definitely occurred.
Although possibly not to this extreme, God still uses others to warn us of danger. He has given some the ability to care enough and just the right amount of clarity, insight. And the boldness to speak up.
One should not be so quick in dismissing these warnings. Instead, through prayer, ask God if He is using this person as a possible human stop sign, providing valuable instructions for divine guidance and protection.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
Founder of Daily Moment of Thought online devotional.
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