Monday, November 17, 2014

What does God need to do to get your attention?

When my alarm clock goes off early in the morning in certainly gets my attention, as well as that of my wife. Referees get the attention of basketball players with a whistle.  Babies get the attention of their parents with the piercing screams.  Parents get the attention of their children by threatening to cut off their allowance if they don't clean up their room.
You can't believe how much money is spent today getting peoples' attention.  What young person wouldn't want to buy the latest video game or new phone after seeing it advertised for four months on TV? How can you resist buying a lottery ticket after hearing about all those who have won millions? With so many things demanding our attention and begging for our time, maybe that is the only way we can be lured in.  Someone or something has to grab our attention.
Getting peoples' attention is not something new.  God's done it many times. I'm sure that the dark clouds, thunder and lightening that surrounded Mt. Sinai at the giving of the Ten Commandments got the attention of the Israelites.  Don't you think that he got people's attention with the flood, the fall of Jericho, and with the mighty feats of Sampson?
One might wonder how God gets our attention today. Since he doesn't openly reveal himself in the same way now that he did with the nation of Israel, what does he do?
I can't help but think that God has caught the attention of many a new parent as they witnessed the miracle of birth and the precious gift of a child. Doesn't God seek our attention every time we look up into the heavens and see the marvels of the world which he made? How can we look at a rainbow and not recall that God placed it in the sky to remind us of his promise not to again destroy the world until judgment day arrives.
Doesn't God also get our attention than when we find ourselves flat on our back in the hospital awaiting surgery or as we await the results of lab test? What about when we lose our job? When a loved one dies? When tragedy strikes? God can use these things too to get our attention. When these things take place, what do we do? We often look to God. We look to God for help, for strength and for answers.

What God has done to capture more attention than anything else has to be the gift of God's own Son, Jesus Christ. Look at how much fuss goes on at Christmas time. Even though many don’t believe in Jesus, He still gets their attention. The resurrection of Christ has done the same thing. It was God’s proclamation to the world that the victory over sin, death and the grave was won for us by Christ.