Signs are means of alerting us what is about to happen or what is already happening. They are herald of events which are to come. They can be spiritual or physical in nature.
Events of life touch us like cool breeze and most times, we do not feel it to marrow. The day an event happens is not the day it started. Every event of life gives sign before it happens. But oftentimes, we are too busy to feel or see it. Signs are means of alerting us what is about to happen or what is already happening. They are herald of events which are to come. They can be spiritual or physical in nature. Before a machine will eventually breaks down, it must have exhibited some signs that avoidable breakdown is bound to occur if no corrective measures are put in place. Before a major health breakdown, the patient must have noticed certain symptoms indicative of a particular sickness.
God uses many mediums to caution us in our pursuit in life; dreams, events around us, people around and so on, but careless attitude has made many people to lose out and become victims of what He is trying to warn us about. Balaam would have been killed by Angel who stood on his way, if not for his donkey Numbers 22:22-31, “22And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 26And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 28And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? 29And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. 30And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. 31Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.”
Samson became a grinder in the prison of Philistine, object of ridicule to those who merry before he died a shameful death with his enemies because he did not yield to early warning signals from God Judges 14:1-4, “1And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. 2And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. 3Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. 4But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.” Judges 16:1, “Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.” Judges 16:4-31.
This brings to mind the fact to be proactive rather than be reactive in life because event will careless to deal with at the early stage may alters, delays or outright aborts destiny. Being proactive is an antidote to being reactive. It is wisdom and economical to pre-empt evil before it occurs. What will cost us to prevent the avoidable from happening will be lesser than what will cost us to manage the ravage left behind after the occurrence. Sometimes it is irreparable. We should always be sensitive to things around us. Rise up to issues especially at the early stage, when it has not become unsolvable issue. Do not wait for a potential problem to grow into crisis. Attack it when you notice the early warning signals.