May I Have Your Attention Please?

These are words that usually proceed an important announcement or message. Typically the announcer has some information you need to know or some instructions you need to follow in order to avoid a mistake or some way to avoid some hardship or loss. On the other hand, it can often be for your benefit to receive the instructions and/or warnings being given by the announcer.

God is forever trying to get your attention. He sends many vehicles to usher you from destruction and into safety. We all know the story of the man, who when caught in a terrible flooding, stood on his roof waiting for God to rescue him. There were a man on a raft, a man in a boat and a team in a helicopter that all came to rescue him. But he wanted to wait for God to save him.

When he finally drowned and went to heaven. He said to God with a sense of perturbation, “God, why didn’t you come and save me? I waited for you to come and you never did.” God quizzically replied, “Well, I sent you a raft, a boat and a helicopter!”

Oftentimes God is trying to get our attention. Often we are distracted by other things and He cannot save us.

If you do not purposefully and with sincere intent set aside opportunities for God to talk to you each day, then I can pretty much assure you He is not able to. Remember the messages that would interrupt the TV programs back in the days of black and white programing, the ones from the Emergency Broadcast System? God will not “interrupt the program in progress for this special announcement”. He should be the perpetual, ever-persistent “program in progress”.

Let me just list some of the top channels people are listening to these days, and in so doing are not tuned into God, His person, His voice and His will. There is the all-time favorite holding its own at number 1, Me, Myself and I. With syndicated favorite programs (commercial free too) of: What Do I Think?, What Do I Want?, What Makes Me Feel Good?, What is in it for Me?

Close behind at number 2 is: Entertainment Media Central. Non-stop programming of non-sensical TV shows, movies, music and email junk food (quickly becoming a new favorite).

Then there is the sports and hobby options. Everything I enjoy and like to do with my life for — me. These include watching and participating in sports, politics, finance, shopping, eating, exercise, recreations, socializations, group activities.

Then there are those socially acceptable indulgences that can take an inordinate amount of time beyond what is needful. There is work and career, family and friends, maintenance and decoration of house and yards. The list goes on and on.

Everything that captures your time and your attention is what you are investing your life in. Your time is your life. It is all you really have to invest. How much of your life are you investing in God, your Heavenly Father? Do you have a vital, real and tangible relationship with Him or are all these time consuming distractions taking your life.

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Lk. 12:34.

Only you can choose to be tuned into God. Only you can choose to turn away from the distractions and to concentrate on Him. How will you ever know and enjoy Him if you do not seek Him? He is quiet and gentle. He will not barge into your life and become a distraction to what you are doing (although He often allows things to happen to you to get your attention). He will not try to entertain your soulish lusts for what makes you happy and feel good, to bribe you into a relationship with Him. He is waiting for you decide you want to know Him. Do you?

You must learn to wait upon the Lord, quietly, with sincerity of heart and desire to know Him. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:13.

May I have your attention please?