Red Sky in the Morning

Consider the amazing week of Creation when God spoke the universe into existence! God said, as he completed the skies, that He was giving us a celestial heaven that contains innumerable stars that they would be for signs and seasons. (Genesis 1:14)  Later, in Psalm 104, the psalmist declares God’s majesty, reminding us that God set the moon in heaven to declare to men the seasons.  As I am sitting here this morning, I can see out across our back pasture and with the horses standing there in the harsh cold, steam rising from their nostrils. I can look beyond the pond that is just slightly frozen over and there above the tree line is a gorgeous morning sky. It is as if, from the dark night sky, life erupted and light screams across the horizon. The pale blue sky is filled with a ‘red sky in the morning.’

I was taught by my father, who was a sailor in the U.S. Navy that, “A red sky in the morning, a sailor takes warning. A red sky at night is the sailor’s delight.” Two messages from the same red sky, each are dependent for understanding on the time the message appears. Timing of the sign in the heavens changes completely the meaning. The red sky, which would have been a welcome sign last night, now is a sign that the weather will turn much nastier than it already is. It may get much colder today. It could snow another inch or so or the wind could gust up as it was two days ago; taking down tree limbs and power lines. I have seen the sign and I understand it, now what is important is for me to respond to what I know. If I do nothing and the storm does damage to my farm or my family; then I certainly cannot blame God. Sadly, though, as humans we often do blame Him for our folly. God provides an excellently clear message. It is my obligation to respond.

Red Sky Warning

How does that fit for us when we think of God’s warnings concerning sin? He sends us another excellently clear message. Are we still ignoring it and not responding? If so, we know the consequences, God spelled them out; and more than likely, when those consequences come, we will probably find a way to blame God for our trouble! When it comes to sin in our life, there is a red sky in the morning ~ Christian take warning!

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