Are you one of those people who ignore the warning lights on the dashboard of your car? I must admit that there have been times where I have. Those lights are there for a reason, and we need to heed the warning. God gives us warning lights through His Word, the Holy Spirit, and through people who act as a watchman in our lives.
Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.”
Hearing from God
Ezekiel was a prophet to Israel with the purpose of telling them whatever God was telling him. God likened it to be a watchman on the wall. In ancient times cities were surrounded by walls to protect them from attacks from neighboring nations. They would post soldiers at strategic points to alert the armies of oncoming attacks. Ezekiel operated as a watchman, but he would tell the people of Israel what God was warning them about.
We still need watchman in our lives. People who are willing to warn us about the potential danger we might get ourselves into. These people can come in all different forms. It could buyout pastor, a mature saint in your church, or a family member who loves you. Whoever it may be, we need to listen. They play a vital role in keeping us out of sin. Resisting their warnings could prove disastrous.
Heed the Warning
Israel didn’t heed the warning of Ezekiel, and it led to their demise. Instead of listening, they attacked him. They didn’t want to hear anything negative. People are the same way today. They want people to tell them positive things. We become dull of hearing when we only listen to what we want to hear. Be open to words of warning. It may not be pleasant, but it may prevent you from going down the wrong path.