By Zach Wood
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
We’ve all had experiences that have either scared us or gotten our attention to the point where we make a change. We’ve had friends and family scare us to be funny and we have done the same to others as well. We’ve had moments where certain things scare us in one way or another. Alarm clocks can scare us awake sometimes, right? We don’t like them. I don’t like mine! Why is that little box making that annoying sound?? I want to sleep!!
We all get scared by different things. We also have experiences where our attention quickly focuses back onto someone or something. As humans, we easily become distracted and taken off-course from where we should be focused. It happens every day. I often tell people I have a bad memory. Some things I remember and other things I have to be reminded constantly of because I forget. I hate that! I need to be reminded as well as many of you. We all need reminded of things and need our attention redirected often.
We all need so-called “wake-up calls”. We don’t like them at first, but we find that they are just what we need to refocus on whatever task we need to focus on. God has to do this often in our lives. He works hard to give us “wake-up call” moments so that we will get back into gear and on to the path where He wants us. His Word is full of wisdom, advice and commands to help get us back on the path where we need to be.
His Word should inspire us and teach us what is Truth and make us realize what we are doing wrong in our lives so that we can come back to following Him. His Word points out the bad in our lives so that we will repent and turn back to Him. His Word is alive and active and penetrates deeply into our very souls. His Word is powerful and it needs to often “set us straight” again.
I know we often don’t like the “wake-up calls” we get, but we know we need them and we come to appreciate the ways God uses to bring our attention back to focusing on Him. His Word is to be a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path.
We all need to heed His “wake-up calls”!