False Alarm

I had an interesting experience happen on Sunday. A couple of smoke alarms at one of the properties I oversee began to malfunction. After checking the situation and determining the detectors needed to be replaced, I headed to the local building materials store for new ones.

At the store, I picked up a contractor’s box of detectors and began to study the label assuring myself that they met the current municipal fire code. I was jolted from my reading by the store’s alarm system blaring followed by their speaker system announcing, “Evacuate the building, evacuate the building immediately! A fire has been detected.” Confusion ensued as employees urgently ushered stunned customers out to the parking lot. The fire chief and three ladder fire trucks were soon in front of the store to investigate.

Fortunately, there was no real danger of fire, and the irony of me getting new smoke detectors at the exact moment the store had some malfunction in their system gave me the giggles. I silently asked, “Lord, is there a lesson here?”

Readiness came to mind as I witnessed dazed, confused, and curious people milling about in the parking lot. One day there will be a different alert sounded—a trumpet blast and it will not be a false alarm.

“There will no longer be a delay, but in the days when the seventh angel will blow his trumpet, then the mystery of God will be completed, as he announced to his servants the prophets” (Revelation 10:6-7, CSB).

Dear reader, are you ready? Are you anticipating the blasts of the trumpets that John describes in Revelation chapters 8-10? Those prophesied blasts are warnings—an announcement to mankind to repent. Do it now while there is still time. If unsure if you’re ready, I urge you to read the questions section or contact me from that page.

Believers, let’s follow the example of the store employees who ushered customers to the safety of the parking lot. If you have already been set free by the blood of Jesus you are safe. But are you ushering others to the safety of Christ Jesus?

Dear Father God, thank You for warning us to repent and turn from sin. Jesus, Thank You for paying my sin penalty and freeing me of the judgment of Hell, which I rightly deserve. Holy Spirit, work through me to usher others to the safety of Your kingdom. Amen.

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I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About page if you want to read more of my story.

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16 thoughts on “False Alarm

  1. The lesson here is a good one – are we ready. And if we already know Jesus are we actively ushering others to wards the truth.
    I love the irony of shopping for smoke detectors and there happens this whole incident.

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    1. Thanks, Manu. May the Lord give us the boldness of the first apostles and Paul that we take advantage of every opportunity. Each day we are one day closer to hearing that glorious trumpet blast from Heaven.

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  2. A great analogy Manette. I know all too well the inconvenience of faulty fire alarms; the system installed by our housing association are too sensitive and forever going off, the result being the alarms have become an annoyance that no one takes seriously anymore. To use your illustration further, how often we hear stories of false prophets proclaiming “the end is near!” who get it wrong. Folk get annoyed and even ridicule them, refusing to listen. Yet someday the true alarm will sound for His return, will folks be ready?

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  3. What an accurate analogy, Manette Kay! It made me think about his we practice different types of drills at my school—just in case the real thing happens. One day the REAL THING will happen when Christ returns. Will we be ready? God Bless!

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    1. It was certainly a fresh reminder to me to share the gospel with someone each day.

      I pray, God open my eyes to opportunities to usher others towards the truth of Jesus Christ, this day, the day called today. Let me not delay.

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