Sound The Alarm!

Micah 1:8-16 (NIV)
Because of this I will weep and wail;
    I will go about barefoot and naked.
I will howl like a jackal
    and moan like an owl.
For Samaria’s plague is incurable;
    it has spread to Judah.
It has reached the very gate of my people,
    even to Jerusalem itself.
10 Tell it not in Gath;
    weep not at all.
In Beth Ophrah
    roll in the dust.
11 Pass by naked and in shame,
    you who live in Shaphir.
Those who live in Zaanan
    will not come out.
Beth Ezel is in mourning;
    it no longer protects you.
12 Those who live in Maroth writhe in pain,
    waiting for relief,
because disaster has come from the Lord,
    even to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 You who live in Lachish,
    harness fast horses to the chariot.
You are where the sin of Daughter Zion began,
    for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
14 Therefore you will give parting gifts
    to Moresheth Gath.
The town of Akzib will prove deceptive
    to the kings of Israel.
15 I will bring a conqueror against you
    who live in Mareshah.
The nobles of Israel
    will flee to Adullam.
16 Shave your head in mourning
    for the children in whom you delight;
make yourself as bald as the vulture,
    for they will go from you into exile.


Imagine knowing that the destruction of your nation and the exile of your people was coming and there wasn’t anything you could do about it.  God was fed up with the idolatry and wickedness of His people and the time for punishment was at hand.  Micah was devastated and heartbroken.  His people would be attacked and carried off into exile.  Cities would be destroyed.  Micah was in mourning.
Someday God will unleash judgment on the wickedness and evil of our world.  What will His people do then?  We know from the New Testament that Jesus will return and that will be the end of time.  Are we ready for His return?  Are we warning people of the coming judgment?  Are we preparing people for Christ’s return?  We tend to think of it as a wonderful event when we will go to Heaven.  It is!  BUT it is also a terrible event in that many people will be judged and sentenced to an eternity separated from God in Hell.  How can we let that happen?  We must sound the alarm!  Jesus is coming!  Be ready!  Get right with God through faith in His Son, Jesus!  May we be ready for Christ’s triumphant return and may we prepare others for what is coming.
PRAYER: Father, we pray today for those who don’t know You.  They’re destined to be separated from You for all eternity.  The task seems great, but You are greater.  Give us courage and boldness to sound the alarm.  In the name of Your soon to be returning Son, amen.

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