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How to Avoid False Alarms

April 12, 2017
How to Avoid False Alarms
Last week’s cyberattack on Dallas, Texas, certainly caught its residents and officials by surprise. Every one of the city’s 156 severe weather alert sirens went off for nearly two hours this past Friday. Because the weather was clear, the sirens caused a lot of understandable consternation. Citizens were especially alarmed since the news had been highlighting the recent U.S. bombing raid on Syria.

The system is set up to trigger when it receives a designated radio signal, and officials believe that it was compromised by someone who was able to take control of the radio frequency. Encrypted security has since been installed to prevent another unintended activation.

Although many were surprised by this attack, security officials have been warning local governments for years that many of our infrastructure could easily be compromised in a cyberwar.  There has been an alarming rise in cyberattacks in recent years, from traffic lights to train systems.

As we consider the growing instability of our world, we are faced with questions about where we put our faith and trust. The citizens of Dallas thought they could trust their tornado sirens, but they were given a false alarm. We have to ask ourselves, “Are we trusting in systems that are giving out false information?”

Many millions throughout time have placed their trust in God’s Word and have found it to be a faithful guide throughout their lives. When we place our trust in the truths found in the Bible, we can be certain that we are safe from danger—free from false alarms.

Jesus said that those who hear His words are “like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” Spending daily time building our lives on God’s Word, will build our lives securely on the Solid Rock. If we are listening, we don’t need to be afraid or surprised.

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