Caution

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After touting the delights of yellow in my last post, I found myself alert to the color—and yellow showed up everywhere. Suddenly I was acutely aware of caution signs I’d often passed without acknowledgement. Truthfully, it kind of irked me. Yellow had been a happy color and now it seemed to scream at me: Watch for Children, Deer Crossing, Wet Floor, Construction Zone, Go Slow!

The longer I thought about it, and the more signs I saw, I became grateful—somebody out there in the municipality was concerned about my safety. And that turned my thoughts to God and the cautions He offers.

  • Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise.” (Eph. 5:15)
  • Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody….live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge.” (Rom. 12:17-19)
  • Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” (1 Cor. 8:9)
  • “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.” (Josh. 23:6)
  • “The Lord your God fights for you, just as he promised. So be very careful to love the Lord your God.” (Josh. 23:10-11)
  • “Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised you.” (Deut. 6:3)

God cautions us to protect us—from wandering off, from hurting others, from falling. Sadly, there are times I zip right past His warnings. Thankfully, He doesn’t take the signs down. Their reminders are as steadfast as His love.

Holy Spirit, Counselor and Revealer of Truth, alert me to the cautions You have lovingly placed in my life.

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