Recently I posted a Facebook post about ‘red flags’ and how they are used as a warning sign to deter us from dangerous situations. I gave the example of how, while vacationing in Cancun, two men almost drowned while trying to swim in the rough, choppy waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Red flags had been lined up and down the beach for several days so there was no way that these two men could have missed the signs. I was vacationing in Cancun at the time and happened to be relaxing in an area outside of my hotel. I heard a lot of ruckus and got up from my lounge chair to see what was going on. There were several people standing together in one area looking out toward the water. I saw a few people in the water and figured that it was lifeguards trying to save the men. Fortunately the two men were rescued and family members didn’t need to begin the process of making funeral arrangements. Their decision put their lives at risk as well as the lives of the lifeguards.
Have you ever been warned by ‘red flags’ that could talk? I don’t mean literal red flags obviously but have you ever had a person give you a warning about another person or situation but you ignored the warnings and did what you wanted to do anyway? Has God ever given you a ‘heads up’ about something and you totally ignored Him? Well…I’ll be honest and say that I have. I didn’t take heed to the warning(s) and instruction that I received and the results were detrimental. My Heavenly Father was trying to warn me about the danger ahead. As a matter of fact, concerning one particular situation, I was warned more than once by two different people but I kept on doing what I wanted to do. See, God knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end. He KNOWS what’s best for us and He can see what we cannot see. Red flags are put in place for a reason. Whether they are literal flags or people who care enough about you to warn you of impending danger, it is wise to listen; not only listen but take action!
The book of Proverbs is full of warnings about heeding instructions. Proverbs 19:20 says this: “Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.” This is a simple command yet many of us find it difficult to put into action. As humans we are rebellious by nature. We want to do what we want, when we want without the consequences. However, there are always consequences to our actions. We ALWAYS reap what we sow whether good or evil. So, the next time red flags start ‘talking’…will you listen?