I was sitting on the couch when I heard an explosion in the kitchen. It sounded like a shelf had fallen and multiple glasses were rattling around in the cupboard. I jumped up and ran to the kitchen, praying I hadn’t just lost a family heirloom. I searched the kitchen and found nothing amiss.
Until about 2 hours later when I went to refill my sweet tea.
Inside the refrigerator, a can of biscuits had literally exploded all over the top two shelves. When I say everything was covered in unbaked biscuit dough, I mean EVERYTHING was covered on those top shelves.
I heard the explosion and knew glass had been rattled. I search for the cause and the effect, but couldn’t find what had made such a racket. I went back to life.
There are times in our lives that God speaks to us with a loud voice. An explosion, if you will, but we can’t find the root cause. So, we choose to simply go on with our lives without properly assessing God’s message for us.
What type of loud explosive noise will it take for us all to pay attention to God?
The Bible tells us that there will be a great trumpet sound. In most commentaries, the trumpet sound will be followed by an event we can’t even begin to wrap our minds around. Will that be the sound that gets our attention?
“And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Matthew 24:31 (NASB)
“…in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52 (NASB)
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet.” Revelation 1:10 (NASB)
“I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’” Jeremiah 6:17 (ESV)
A point to ponder this week.
When the trumpet sounds, will you pay attention? Or will you be like those in the Jeremiah scripture who declare that they won’t pay attention? Will you be searching for the sound and responding to God’s calling?
Or will you go back to living your life, like you heard the busted can of biscuits but didn’t find the cause?