Men of Redemption

Restoring a Life of Purity – One Day at a Time

A Writer’s Thoughts . . . .

Posted by Men of Redemption on October 30, 2015

Writer's thoughts

 

 

On God Getting Our Attention . . . .

As we live our lives we are constantly focused on what our next challenge is and what we need to do to bring assurance and victory to that situation. We are willing to do whatever it takes because we all want to succeed in all of our endeavors. Many of us contemplate our next move, where do I go from here; what’s next on my list of achievements to conquer. During our quests for advancements in life, do we, or have we considered what God wants for us or what He desires to do in our lives so that an abundant life is within our grasps? We tend to sometimes get so focused on our accomplishments and our own purpose in life that we forget that the Creator of our very souls has a plan for each and every one of us, and it’s put on the back burner because we leaned to our own understanding and not His guidance. I find that when that is so evident in our lives, God will do something or allow something to take place in our lives to get our attention. No matter what we’re involved in or with in life, God desires to have our complete attention so that He can fulfill that purpose in us. There are two examples in the Bible that makes this so eloquently clear.

Saul –                                                                                                                                                                     

“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”  –  ACTS  9:3-6 ((Later became Paul, writer of most of the New Testament)

Jonah –  

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.”  –   JONAH   1:1-3 (Jonah repentance lead to the saving of a nation)

Both Paul and Jonah were missions of life with different agendas from different perspectives. Saul had become blind for three days in order for the Lord to get his attention. Jonah, in his fear and disobedience, was swallowed up by a whale and kept in its belly for three days and three nights(Jonah 1:17). Both men God had a purpose with an intention to fulfill a mission in their lives but they were so focused on their own purpose and desires. I believe God desires to get all of our attention at some point in our lives. Maybe not to the extremes of what happened with Saul and Jonah, but we’ve all encountered a moment in our lives where we know something has happened or is happening that is wants to change to direction or intentions of our lives. Is it fear, is it disobedience? Only you can answer that question. I pray that you take some time out of your busy schedule and give God your attention. It’ll probably be better if you voluntarily seek Him rather than Him getting your attention His way. Just some thoughts from a concerned writer desiring the goodness of God in everyone’s life. Just saying . . . .

 

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