January 10, 2016

Isaiah 8:1-10

In recent years, we Texans have become familiar with the effects of rapidly rising floodwaters. We’ve seen firsthand the devastation that follows when torrential rainstorms cause rivers to overflow their banks. With cars and houses carried downstream and bridges washed away, the raging floodwaters always result in a tragic loss of life.

Our best hope in these situations is to heed the warnings weathermen provide. Modern technology gives us a fair amount of notice when destructive storms approach. The key is to heed the warnings and take proper action in advance. About the worst thing you can do is to ignore the warnings.

“Because the people rejected the gently flowing waters of Shiloah,” declared Isaiah, “the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the River—the king of Assyria with all his pomp. It will overflow its channels and overrun its banks…”

Following God’s instruction to the letter, Isaiah wrote the warning on a large scroll and placed it in a public place. That’s equivalent in today’s terms to posting it on Facebook. Unfortunately, most people chose to ignore it.

As the prophet foretold, Israel fell to Assyria in 722 BC.

Is devastation coming your way? Continual disobedience to God results in discipline, but not without fair notice. God never surprises us. The key is to heed his warnings and take proper action. Turn now from your sinful attitudes and the evil activities you’re involved in. About the worst thing you can do is to ignore God’s warnings.