A Wake Up Call
“The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple.” 2 Chronicles 36:15
I have never enjoyed wake up calls, especially the really early ones. Many times I will not sleep well in anticipation of the alarm going off early. However, I usually get up when the alarm goes off. On the other hand, I know many people who will ignore the alarm as long as they can and delay getting up.
In life, we get a lot of wake up calls in areas that do not involve getting out of bed in areas such as our health, our finances, and our spiritual walk. I got a wakeup call in 2008 with my health. I was diagnosed early that year with type 2 diabetes and I immediately knew that some things had to change for me to stay healthy. I answered the wakeup call and changed my diet and exercise habits. From that, I lost 45 pounds in one year and have become a runner since and how I feel has changed so much for the better.
God has also used wake up calls spiritually speaking to get my attention over the years. I love the passage in 2 Chronicles 36:15 above because it tells us that God sends us all wakeup calls or warnings because He loves us and has compassion on us. In other words, God loves us so much that He wants to warn us so we can avoid the heartache that comes from not living in accordance with how He would have us live.
The prodigal son in the New Testament had such a wakeup call finally get through to him in Luke 15:17 where it says that “he came to his senses.” Unfortunately, by the time he answered this call he was already in the pigpen. He could have avoided this mess if he had only answered the call earlier. However, he did answer and God changed his life.
What about you and me? Are there alarms going off in our lives right now? Are we sensitive so that we can hear God’s voice about areas of our lives that may not be just right?
According to 2 Chronicles 36:15, God is sending us warnings early so that we can respond before the bottom has to fall out. God wants us to respond to His wakeup call and come running back to His arms. I love a song by Sidewalk Prophets that best illustrates the idea of a prodigal coming home when you answer that wake up call:
“Wherever you are, whatever you did it’s a page in your book, but it isn’t the end your Father will meet you with arms open wide this is where your heart belongs...Come running like a prodigal”
I pray that our hearts would stay sensitive to the voice of God as He seeks to direct us and keep us from heartache because He loves us so.