Monday, April 8, 2013

Attention! (Says the Lord)

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Imagine yourself in a room alone, concentrating on your writing tasks and suddenly you heard an alarming sound. Definitely your attention will be reverted to that noise and you will check what it is and what the cause of such sound is. If you are crossing the street and a police officer whistled and stop you, will you be alarmed? If you are in the office and so busy reading your Facebook timeline when your boss came into your desk, will you be get attentive? Surely the answer is yes. There are many ways on how this world can get our attentions and can wake us up in the midst of daydreaming or imagining a happy vacation. We get attentive when something is not working according to our plans. We lost our focus by a sound, a situation and a powerful thing.

Our Lord has special ways of getting our attention. We might feel in distress and might feel that we have a restless spirit that sometimes you don't know what to do and how to overcome such situation. There could be someone that will tell you powerful words that can help us to recognize that something is wrong. Or some challenges that will make us stop and ask ourselves: is there something that He wants to tell me? Did I do something wrong? You want to say something to me Lord? Let's read Deuteronomy 1:42-44 (42 But the Lord said to me, “Tell them, ‘Do not go up and fight, because I will not be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’” 43 So I told you, but you would not listen. You rebelled against the Lord’s command and in your arrogance you marched up into the hill country. 44 The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah.)

In the above verses, Lord is showing us to always seek Him and listen to Him carefully. One of his tools in getting our attention is unanswered prayer for us to sharpen our faith and trust in Him. The difficulties in our lives can also reveal to us that He is calling us and He wants something from us. The failures that we are experiencing are also His way of telling us that we didn't listen to Him and now He has our attention. But we should be reminded that He has the best plans for us and He acts in our best interests. This is a reminder that in our problems and tragedies, He is waiting for us to seek Him and listen to His words as we might be getting busy in our life in the modern world that sometimes we forget Him. We get preoccupied and we focus on the things that are happening in our lives that is causing a divided attention towards Him. Nevertheless, let's not forget that victory and failure is part of our lives that are poking us and reminding us that our Father waits for us, seeking our attention as sometimes He gets jealous.

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