Give the More Earnest Heed
A former park ranger at Yellowstone National Park told the story of a ranger leading a group of hikers to a fire lookout. The ranger was so intent on telling the hikers about the flowers and animals that he considered the message s on his two-way radio distracting and switched it off. Nearing the tower the ranger was met by a nearly breathless lookout who asked why he hadn’t responded to the message s on his radio. (You see, a grizzly bear had been seen stalking the group, and the authorities were trying to warn of the danger).
The failure to heed warnings is a common tragedy among people. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual admonitions. The inspired writer said, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation…” (Heb. 2:1-3).
Any time we tune out God’s message to us, we put our souls in great danger. Therefore, “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven” (Heb. 12:25). Friends, always give the more earnest heed to God’s word.