Wake-Up Calls

“Those who walk in pride He is able to put down” — Daniel 4:37

A strong, young bully was known to swagger around town boasting that he could walk a barbed wire fence in his bare feet with a wildcat under each arm. So goes the story according to the Iron County Miner. The braggart got a rude awakening, however, when he married a strong-willed little lady who made him wash the dishes twice a day.

A new recruit also was rudely awakened by his platoon sergeant after his first night in an army barracks. It’s four-thirty! bellowed the sergeant. Four-thirty! gasped the rookie. “Man, youd better go to bed. We have a big day tomorrow!

We are all inclined to dream our way through life until someone or something confronts us with the real world. For Nebuchadnezzar, king of ancient Babylon, the wake-up call lacked humor. Before his encounter with God, he thought he had life well in hand. Suddenly he found himself on his hands and knees eating grass like an animal. For 7 long years he learned that in the real world everyone must live under authority, everyone is on God's time, and everything we possess is a gift from His gracious hand.

What will it  take to awaken you, dear friend to the great blessing there is in service to the God who gave you your life? “At an acceptable time I hearkened unto thee, And in a day of salvation did I succor thee: behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” – 2 Cor. 6:2

When life is all sunshine and days are bright,
Our thoughts of the Lord may take wings of flight,
But He is still ruler, His kingdom stands,
And we all are subject to His demands.

A person who thinks too much of himself doesn’t think enough of God.

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