Recently I was sitting outside on a bench of a shopping area waiting on my family. It was relatively quiet until all of the sudden a car alarm began to blare, blast, and blow. This alarm was different than others I have heard. It didn’t just go, “HONK, HONK, HONK!” The alarm gave several different kinds of honks with the horn, then it would change and do something altogether different. In between the types of honking sounds it would give four gentle taps with the horn. I half expected a marching band to come parading out of the back seat!
I got up soon after it began to look at the car from the sidewalk, but didn’t see any action around the car that was carrying on so. I expected I’d see a whole band of gangsters prying the doors and windows open with all the racket the car was making. But there was no one. Evidently the owner had set if off accidentally from the inside the store (kind of funny!)
I watched, however, at the people that were coming in and out of the stores as the alarm continued to wail. They walked by, never even giving the siren-like noises near them a second glance. I mean it, they never even peaked over at the car! I think most people have become so accustomed to hearing car alarms go off only because the owners hit the alarm button on the key fob, that they just dismiss the fact that someone could be in danger. Grocery carts are wheeled down the parking lot right past a car whose alarm is sounding, without anyone ever really giving the blaring horn a second glance or thought.
We’re often tempted to ignore another warning – one in our spiritual lives. I’m referring to that warning of the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin. “I’ve heard that before” we say as we listen to our pastor preach a message. “I’ll be okay…I won’t fall to sin. That won’t bother me.” So we fail to put up protective hedges in our personal relationships with men. We watch whatever we want on television, or listen to whomever we wish because “we’re fine.” The alarm is honking, yet we ignore the message of danger. We harbor bitterness, gossip on the phone, neglect time in God’s Word, turning a deaf ear to the sweet Holy Spirit’s warning.
The car’s alarm finally did go off when the owners hit the button on the key fob. I’m sure there were many other times a car alarm has stopped its blaring because a predator got what they wanted. The Spirit’s alarm will stop too, when one of two things happen. Either:
1. We heed the warning and confess our sin
2. We ignore the warning long enough and the Holy Spirit’s conviction eventually stops. Now we suffer punishment from our loving God who chastens us as a Father corrects his son. Hebrews 12:7
Let’s don’t ignore the warnings that God gives us…listen and make it right! Oh, and if you hear an alarm going off in a parking lot, do the owner a favor and investigate (from a distance). =)