JESUS CHRIST has a special word for you. It is a word of hope, cleansing, and purpose. Most have heard it. Not all have listened to it and some are just not reading more about it.
Proverbs 1:23-24 (NIV)23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand.
You can run, but you can’t hide. And at the end of the day, running won’t get you anywhere either. Running from God only wastes time, effort, and jeopardizes your destiny. There are countless biblical examples of what happens when God tries multiple times to get our attention. I encourage you to read and reflect on some of their stories. If you refuse to pay attention to God when He speaks calmly and gently, He’ll have to try other methods of getting your attention.
So how do we ensure that God has our full attention? It begins with first examining our lives and asking ourselves the question- am I going through hard times because of something I did or because this is where God wants me to be? Judge yourself first of any disobedience, and repent/change your direction before God and life judges you and causes you to suffer the consequences of your decisions. Next, put yourself in a position to continually give God your full attention by developing a relationship where you fellowship daily with Him. The best way to ensure that you’re on the right path is to rely on God’s wisdom, word, and Holy Spirit to direct your path.
Stay alert to the knowledge of God’s will for your life
There is a parallel disease in the spiritual realm. It is also self-induced. It is self-produced starvation for spiritual food. Amos predicted this centuries ago when he spoke of a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
Amos 8:11 (KJV)11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
In the process of eating there is –
- ingestion, that is eating or taking in food,
- digestion, this involves the digestive system processing food for use by the body, and
- assimilation, the actual use of food for energy or body building.
The spiritual equivalents would be:
- Ingestion, reading or hearing God’s Word.
- Digestion, involves contemplating or thinking through the Word ingested.
- Assimilation, is the application of the Word to life situations.
Tragically there is too little reading or hearing of the Word. Even more regrettably too few who hear it think about it sufficiently. Most regrettable, only a fraction of those who hear it apply it.