Warning labels and instructions appear on just about everything these days due to all the law suits that have taken place over the years. There are so many warning labels and instructions now that most of us just ignore them. Here are some of the reasons why tend ignore warning labels:
- “Do not use if you cannot see clearly to read the information in the information booklet.” — In the information booklet.
- “Caution: The contents of this bottle should not be fed to fish.” — On a bottle of shampoo for dogs.
- “For external use only!” — On a curling iron.
- “Warning: This product can burn eyes.” — On a curling iron.
- “Do not use in shower.” — On a hair dryer.
- “Do not use while sleeping.” — On a hair dryer.
- “Do not use while sleeping or unconscious.” — On a hand-held massaging device.
- “Do not place this product into any electronic equipment.” — On the case of a chocolate CD in a gift basket.
- “Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking.” — On a toilet at a public sports facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- “Shin pads cannot protect any part of the body they do not cover.” — On a pair of shin guards made for bicyclists.
- “This product not intended for use as a dental drill.” — On an electric rotary tool.
Now these are pretty funny, but you have to ask yourself, “Why would these products have something so basic and stupid on their labels?” Apparently, somebody didn’t use common sense when using their products and ended up getting hurt and suing them. That is a pretty sad statement about our society or people as a whole. Why don’t we follow instructions? Why won’t we obey the warning labels? Why won’t we listen to good advice?
You can see over and over again in the Bible stories of the people not listening to God and ending up in trouble as a result. Being that God is all knowing, all loving and all powerful, don’t you think it would be logical for the creation (us) to listen to this magnificent creator? Read Haggai 1:7-13.
7 The LORD of Hosts says this: “Think carefully about your ways. 8 Go up into the hills, bring down lumber, and build the house. Then I will be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but then it amounted to little. When you brought [the harvest] to your house, I ruined it. Why?” [This is] the declaration of the LORD of Hosts. “Because My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house. 10 So on your account, the skies have withheld the dew and the land its crops. 11 I have summoned a drought on the fields and the hills, on the grain, new wine, olive oil, and whatever the ground yields, on the people and animals, and on all that your hands produce.” 12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and the entire remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the LORD their God and the words of the prophet Haggai, because the LORD their God had sent him. So the people feared the LORD. 13 Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, delivered the LORD’s message to the people, “I am with you” —the LORD’s declaration.
Here we find out the people had still not taken care of God’s house. The people had been busy spending time on their homes and crops. They were ignoring God’s voice. They had not responded to Him and built His house and worshipped Him. As a result, they were not blessed. All that work they put in to their things was a waste. God informs them of this to bring everything that had been going on in to focus. Thankfully, this time they heard His voice and obeyed it.
Unfortunately, to this day, even after all these Biblical examples, we still do not obey God’s voice when He speaks to us. We need to use some common sense. If we hear God’s voice, He is telling us something that will benefit us and glorify Him. He is not just speaking to us to chat about the weather. Therefore, we need to use common sense and obey His voice when He speaks. Otherwise, like the people in Haggai’s account, we may find all our earthly work is in vain.