God is holy and righteous, so He has to deal with sins and judge and
condemn unrepentant sinners. Because of His great love, grace and
mercy, God always gives sinners several warnings so that they may fear
Him and obey Him to be blessed. God's first warning to human beings
was, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for
in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen
2:16-17). God means what He says. His warnings are always true and
serious! Sadly, Eve failed to heed God's warning, so she believed
Satan's lie and fell into his trap (Gen 3:4-6). And what happened to
Adam and Eve when they ignored God's warning, listened to Satan's lie
and disobeyed God's Word? They were cursed and punished.
God still warns of His coming judgment through His Word and through the
faithful preaching of His true servants. "But the fearful, and
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and
sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the
lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
(Rev 21:8). However, Satan still continues to cast doubt on God's Word
and warning, and many are deceived. So they are not scared of God's
coming judgment, saying, "There is no hell. It is only human
imagination. Where is hell? Have you been there? Can you show me?"
Others say, "God is a loving God, so He never creates hell nor puts any
human being there. It is impossible to have hell. Hell in the Bible
only refers to figurative suffering, not a literal place of fire for
eternal punishment." Do you want to hear God's Word and warning or
Satan's lie? Let us seriously learn the costly lesson from Adam and Eve
so that we may fear God and His warnings and prepare ourselves by
believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and God's Word and living a
sanctified life (Heb 12:14).
THOUGHT: It is always wise to take God's Word seriously.
PRAYER: Lord, help me always take Thy Word seriously.