Signs of These Times
by Ray Harmer
We are inundated with signs and warnings these days. There are the normal warnings to not smoke, eat fried food and “must we limit salt intake?” Our doctor’s warn us, as they remove something else from our menu. If it tastes good, spit it out it’s bad for you! Most signs and warnings are there for good reason. But then you have the “knot-head” warnings. A drug ad states if you are allergic to so and so do not take so and so. Why in the world would you take so and so if you knew you were allergic to it? Or do not climb the fence at the zoo. Why would one do that? Look what’s on the other side!
However, there are valid signs and warnings we encounter daily. Failure to heed them has claimed many souls. Most important are God’s warnings though. His Word contains many important signs and warnings. I wonder what my life would have been had I heeded them all my days? I would have been spared much pain and grief; likewise Israel. They ignored God’s law and are paying a price yet today.
Psalm 78 is of a historical nature. It’s designed to remind Israel of their past and what God has done for them; likewise, the consequences of disobedience. Although Israel is the intended audience, it is solid advice for any reader. God is reminding them to pass on this information to future generations and allow it to never be forgotten. “We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done” (Ps. 78:4). We must sing the praises of God and tell of our personal faith-building stories so, “That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6,7).
Some say history repeats itself, I don’t believe it; but rather, unlearned lessons oft need repeating. Israel was reminded of the past when it rebelled from God and it wouldn’t hurt to confess our mistakes to future generations. “And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God” (Ps. 78:8). Our children are counting on us. Teach them our lessons learned. “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deu. 6:7). After all, don’t we want better for them? Teach them to obey the signs and warnings of the Bible!
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