Heeding a Timely Warning
Today’s reading: I Samuel 25-26; Luke 16:19-31
32 And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33 Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand! I Samuel 25:32-33
31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’” Luke 16:31
A person’s life and eternal destiny depends on willingness to heed a warning.
Abigail interceded for her husband and household, warning David that he would regret taking revenge for Nabal’s insult. David saw the big picture, that God was the One watching over his life. The Lord was the One to whom David would answer. David was quick to hear (James 1:19). He heard the wisdom in Abigail’s message. He immediately called off the attack.
For Nabal things did not go well. God’s judgment fell on him and he died within days of this incident. What David had planned to do, God did. The result was the same, but, by leaving the matter in God’s hands, David did not incur guilt.
In the case of the rich man and Lazarus, the former had no concern for his soul or his eternal destiny until it was too late. He realized that his five brothers were similarly oblivious to what awaited them at death. He requested that Abraham send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his siblings to avoid the torment of Hades. Abraham told him that his brothers had sufficient information in the Scriptures, Moses and the Prophets, to escape torment and that if they did not heed the warnings already given, they would not heed the warnings of a resurrected man.
Indeed, many have heard that Jesus rose from the dead but ignore His words to their own destruction. They have been warned to flee the wrath to come but continue in complacency and unbelief (Luke 3:7; 13:1-5). Their attitude parallels that of Nabal, the fool, who thought himself safe from punishment. They assume the stance of the rich man who felt safe in his wealth.
Have you heeded the timely warning? We cannot hold on to this life. David knew that his soul belonged to God and that his actions in this world were either pleasing to Him or worthy of punishment. He chose to please God. Ultimately, neither David’s obedience nor our righteousness will be found a sufficient covering for our sin. Only Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of His people and came back from the dead, can make us worthy of eternal life, if we believe His timely warning. Do not delay. Believe Him now.