Are You Heeding The Warning?
On May 18th, 1980 at 8:32 am (PDT), Mount Saint Helens instantly became the most famous, the deadliest, and the most economically destructive volcano that the United States had ever experienced. When this mammoth volcano erupted, it killed 57 people; destroyed 250 homes, and wiped out 47 bridges. Over 185 miles of highways were destroyed, not to mention the 15 miles of railway that were gone. An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused a massive avalanche reducing the mountain’s summit from 9,677 feet to 8,365 feet, and left the top of the mountain looking like a huge horseshoe crater. Living on the mountain for over 54 years was an 83 year-old man named Harry R. Truman. Harry was famous for refusing to heed the wise counsel given to him from the local authorities to evacuate. Why should he listen to these people? Harry arrogantly proclaimed that he knew more about the mountain than anyone else. Yet, despite continuous warnings and pleas from an endless array of people he refused to listen. The mountain continued to swell over a two month period of time with an incredible 80 meter bulge, seemingly trying to warn Harry of the imminent destruction to come. The hundreds of steam blast explosions were all disregarded by Harry. If this weren’t enough, Harry even defied the huge mountain saying it wouldn’t even dare to blow up on him… but it did! Harry, and all the others who ignored the all the warning signs, were buried under 600 feet of volcanic ash and material, never to be seen of or heard from again. When Jesus Christ, the Son of God, walked this earth, He repeatedly warned his hearers that unless they listened to God and heeded His warnings, they would be forever lost without hope in a place called hell. Knowing the reality of how horrendous and terrifying hell is, Jesus spoke three times more about hell than He did even that of heaven. The Bible tells us that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Further, the Bible tells us that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. If Jesus’ main priority to coming to this earth was to seek and to save that which was lost, can it be any less our priority? Throughout the scriptures, over and over again, Jesus promised that He would return to planet earth to take his true believers to be with Him forever in heaven and those who were not ready would be left behind. Just as Jesus’ first coming to earth was predicted in God’s Word, the Bible, hundreds of years before He came and all of the prophecies were fulfilled with incredible detail; we can be just as certain that his second coming will happen just as predicted in God’s Word and as Jesus himself promised. Make sure that you are not like Harry Truman . As Harry disregarded all the warnings from people and nature about his impending doom, neither should ignore God’s repeated warnings from His Son and His Word. Jesus warned us to be ready because he will come when we least expect it. May we live for Him and share Him to a lost and dying world!