Warning Signs


Maverick’s is a legendary rocky beach—located about 25 miles south of San Francisco near Half Moon Bay—where usually only veteran big-wave surfers dare to surf.

That’s because it features some of the craziest and largest waves in the world.

Maverick’s notoriously “renegade” waves gain momentum thousands of miles out to sea and cause powerful swells to slam into Pillar Point, a reef off a small peninsula, where the ocean floor rises abruptly from a depth of over 100-feet to only a few feet.

To the sheer amazement of onlookers, the geology and geography of Maverick’s shoot the swells to the height of eight-story buildings. So, if the waves don’t kill you, the rocks will probably hurt you. That’s why only courageous or crazy surfers take on Maverick’s!

In March 2011, a big-wave surfer from Hawaii wiped out just before dark. They say 35-year-old Sion Milosky was thrown into the ocean by a huge wave. Then, a second wave hit and held him under water for a long time. Sadly, he drowned, leaving behind a wife and young children.

Why would surfers defy such a dangerous stretch of ocean—and risk so much when the hazards of Mavericks are well known? They ignore the warning signs posted on the beach.

The Bible is chock-full of God-inspired warnings that caution and challenge us to live wisely and righteously in a world that’s overwhelmed by deceived people and dangerous forces.

Looking ahead, Timothy warns us about what we can expect during the “last days,” as the final curtain starts to close on Planet Earth. His first-century warning is rather timely:

“But mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power” (1 Timothy 3:1-5).

That’s a graphic and accurate description of our twisted world today!

Timothy also urges us to avoid such unruly and unrighteous people:  “Have nothing to do with them.” (1Timothy 3:5). Matthew says, “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4). In a nutshell, don’t allow anyone to deceive, disrupt or destroy you.

But at the same time, God tells us to love and influence unrighteous people, while proclaiming the gospel—and he urges us to live distinctly and righteously, while reflecting our Savior. Truly, it’s a high calling with life-changing opportunities and eternal consequences.

That’s why we must heed God’s warnings, reflect our Savior and love people with authenticity—as we live righteously in a dark, deceived and depraved world.