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Sometimes ago, I received a telegram from a minister in Oroville, California, inviting me to the dedication of his new church. Telegrams suggest three (3) things namely: Importance, attention and speedy reply. The Bible might be called a collection of telegrams from God, messages or love, mercy and grace from a loving heavenly Father

addressed to “whosoevers”. Some are addressed to certain individuals, some are addressed to those who have grown careless, some are instructions to workers, promises to the faithful but each encased in God’s love. Let us note first:

I. The telegram to those who have forgotten God

It is found in Amos 4:12. It is short and to the point. It was written by God and delivered by his prophet Amos to the nation Israel. It said,“Prepare to meet thy God!” What a solemn message this is! It is something that you can’t laugh off. You cannot play it by ear. It is serious business to meet the Almighty God and be unprepared. God

had blessed Israel so much that the heathen people said, “God has done great things for them”, but their prosperity had given them the

belief that they could get along without God. Consequently, they went along on their own and forgot God.

Luke 12:20 tells of a prosperous farmer who made the same mistake. One year his harvest was too great for his barns so he decided to build bigger barns. His future seemed so secure that he believed that he had

it made, but that very night God sent him a telegram that changed everything. God said, “Thou fool; this night thy soul shall be required

of thee, then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”

A burglar entered an office. His theft netted him $ 23.50. He left a note which read, “I am sorry that I robbed you. There is coming a day when I shall pay.” How true; for as Paul wrote to the Romans (14:12), “So then, everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God.”

There is an urgency about God’s telegrams. You may have silenced your conscience, turned a deaf ear to the pull of the Holy Spirit. You may be taking refugee in procrastination rather than outright denial. You only want a more convenient season. God’s telegram says, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” If you hear his voice, harden not your heart. How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?

A mother explained to her little daughter concerning her daddy’s sudden death by saying that God had sent for him, and would someday send for them all, but there was no way of knowing when that would be. The little girl said, If God is going to send for us and we don’t know when, hadn’t we better get ready to go?”

Someday, a similar message will be sent to us, and shouldn’t we be ready?

II. There is better news in God’s telegrams to earnest seekers for his promises of forgiveness of sin

John 1:29 says, “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.” One night a young man entered a mission and said, “What must I do to be saved?” He was told, “You are too late.” He said,

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