The safety features in our cars are incredible. The advancing vehicle safety technology continues to save lives every year. Just in 2012, seatbelts and airbags saved around 15,000 lives (NHTSA). Unfortunately, there are occasional flaws in these safety designs. Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged about 4.7 million people to have their car airbags checked. There is a flaw in the inflator mechanism which can rupture and send metal fragments flying out. The warning extends to Toyota, Honda Mazda, BMW, Nissan, GM, and Ford (Click Here For Detailed List). Several people have already died or been injured by this flaw (Yahoo).
It’s terrible to think that the very thing people depend on for safety may actually be the cause of their demise. Certainly this is something to repair immediately. This doesn’t just apply to car airbags though. See, people also rely on God for their eternal safety. Unlike the airbags, there is nothing wrong with God. The flaw is not in His ability to save us but in ourselves. People believe they are in good standing with God when they aren’t (Matthew 7:21-23). The tragic part is these people do not realize they need to repair their relationship with God in order to be saved by Him.
There is going to be a time when people think they are safe in God’s arms when the reality is much different. This time is the Judgment Day. 1 Thessalonians explains, “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape” (5:2-3).
We cannot risk our eternal safety. We need to be protected from the perilous situation our sins put us in (Romans 3:23). To do so, we must follow God’s safety instructions (1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; 2 Peter 3:9). Judgment day is coming at any moment. Let’s make sure our eternal safety measures are in place!