How Does God Get Our Attention?

by Bill Rudge

It is almost impossible for God to get some people's attention today because they're surrounded by non-stop stimulation.

The average young person and adult has constant distractions. While driving in the car they are listening to music or talk shows. At home they have the television on or the Internet. The rest of the time they are talking on a cell phone, text messaging a friend, listening to or viewing a podcast, hanging out with friends, watching or participating in sports, playing video games, or watching a movie.

Most have little time or opportunity to ponder the meaning of life, contemplate the reality of God, or consider the consequences of their choices.

To make matters worse, many people have fogged minds from sleep deprivation, use of prescription or illegal drugs and alcohol, malnourishment from junk food consumption, and being overwhelmed by the stresses of life. Others pursue pseudo-spiritual disciplines that lead them down a myriad of paths away from the God of the Bible.

With the hectic pace of life, endless diversions, continual technological advances, chemical dependencies, nutritional deficiencies, and a plethora of spiritual and philosophical paths, how does God get our attention?

Often it takes trouble or tragedy to wake us up and motivate us to seek the Lord for help. His silence is often broken as He graciously responds –– in His time and way –– to our sincere cries of desperation ––

"In my trouble I cried to the LORD, And He answered me. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 120:1; 121:1, 2)

The Lord will be faithful to His promise ––

"You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)

In the midst of constant distractions and diversions, we must learn the wisdom of seeking Him with all our heart, mind, and strength. Isaiah 40:31 tells us ––

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."

God desires us to separate ourselves from the busyness of life for a time to wait upon Him in prayer, praise, and Scripture. We must long for times of fellowship with Him because of the spiritual, mental, and physical refreshment and rejuvenation that results. The blessings will be great as the Psalmist learned ––

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." (Psalm 1: 1- 3)

The sad truth is that many will never willingly give their attention or allegiance to the Creator. No wonder it will take the worst judgment ever known to occur in history –– the cataclysmic events described in Revelation –– to get the attention of this generation.

Some will be brought to repentance and learn to walk in His ways. However, many will be shocked to discover the reality of a God Who so desired their attention that He came and died for them, but having spurned His free offer of salvation, He will no longer be their Savior. He will be their Judge.

Do not wait until it is too late to offer the Lord your attention and life. Your eternal destiny is in His hands.

Humble yourself today and cry out to the Lord. Give Him your undivided attention as you spend time in His Word and prayer. Get to know Him while you still have the opportunity.

Now is the time to seek Him with all your heart. It will be the best investment of time and energy you will ever make. The dividends will be both immediate and eternal.