Warning Signs

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Tom Tripp once shared a chilling story out of the 1991 winter edition of the University of Pacific Review about the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia.

There were two electrical engineers in the control room that night, and the best thing that could be said for what they were doing is they were “playing around” with the machine. They were performing what the Soviets later described as an authorized experiment. They were trying to see how long a turbine would “freewheel” when they took the power off it.

Now, taking the power off that kind of a nuclear reactor is a difficult, dangerous thing to do, because these reactors are very unstable in their lower ranges. In order to get the reactors down to that kind of power, where they could perform the test they were interested in performing, they had to override manually six separate computer-driven alarm systems.

One by one the computers would come up and say, “Stop! Dangerous! Go no further!” And one by one, rather than shutting off the experiment, they shut off the alarms and kept going. You know the results: nuclear fallout that was recorded all around the world, from the largest industrial accident ever to occur in the world at that time.

1 Corinthians 10 proclaim warnings from Israel’s history. Times of ignoring God’s direction led them astray and does the same to us today. The instructions and warnings in Scripture are just as clear. We ignore them at our own peril, and tragically, at the peril of innocent others.

When temptation comes at us there are usually warning signs that we can choose to ignore or pay attention to. Our decision to ignore the alarm systems and warnings often lead to unwanted circumstances in our lives.

Verse 13 gives us hope, it says, “God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

Make it personal: Don’t ignore the instructions of Scripture and don’t ignore the warning signs in life. God will help us to be vigilant and aware of when Satan is leading us down a wrong and dangerous path if we turn to the Lord for our help.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church