My wife and I built a house in the country and moved in almost three years ago. About 150 feet from our back door is a railroad track with a farm crossing. For the first two-and-a-half years, the trains did not blow their horns when they came by. We appreciated the courtesy!
However, there has evidently been a change in policy. The trains do sound their warning now. It’s only a minor inconvenience. Our lives have not changed except for the fact that we occasionally have to turn up the volume on the television for a few seconds.
We understand the principle behind the policy. People who may be attempting to cross the track must be warned of the impending danger. It’s a good procedure to have in place.
God has a similar policy, one that has never been changed. People who are facing God’s wrath must be made aware of the impending doom! We must sound the warning to inform them of the eternal danger of God’s vengeance that will be poured out on all who live their lives in rebellion against him.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.”—Ezekiel 33:7