You Have God’s Attention

listening, someone's attention

A couple of years ago, I read a book called CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! “Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD”.

I had picked the title up at a local bookstore, mostly because I was feeling overwhelmed by life at the time, and the front cover had immediately arrested my attention.

Though I wouldn’t agree with everything the author has written, I have to admit that it was a fascinating read for me, especially considering that the book was published in 2006 (prior to the launch of twitter and the release of the iPhone that changed the way technology has invaded every aspect of our lives).

The author is a leading expert in attention deficit disorder (ADD), and his basic premise leads one to the conclusion that the entire world is losing it’s attention span in the onslaught of social media.

He writes,

Living life today can seem like riding a bike no-handed while reading a book and juggling six eggs…Paradoxically enough, it is in part the desire for control that has led people to lose it. By trying to control life as much as possible, you can run yourself ragged, losing control in the process. You can feel like a tin can surrounded by a circle of a hundred powerful magnets. Pulled at once in every direction, you go nowhere but instead spin faster and faster on your axis… Modern life makes us feel as if we can be everywhere and do everything, and it gives us magical tools that heighten that illusion.”

God Does Not Have ADD

Do you ever feel pulled in a thousand different directions? I know I do.

Who doesn’t feel overstretched and overbooked in the modern world we live in?Here’s an amazing thought… God is never overstretched. He is never overbooked. He is never about to snap. He is in complete control of all things at all times. Whatever you believe about attention deficit disorder, we can all agree that God does not have it.

To me, Psalm 34:15 is one of the most encouraging verses in the Bible:

“The eyes of the LORD are on the
righteous
and his ears are attentive to their
cry.”

Try to wrap your mind around the thought that you have God’s full, undistracted, undivided attention whenever you pray.

You may feel distracted and unable to concentrate. You may not be able to get your spouse’s focused attention at times. It may be difficult for you to get your children to listen to you, and you may fight for their attention.

But, if you are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, you have God’s undivided attention when you pray. His eyes are upon you with favor. His ears are attentive to your cry. He sees. He hears. He responds.

Doesn’t this encourage you? You have God’s Attention. Come, and pour out your heart before Him and receive the grace that He is so eager to give!

“Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him,
God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:8)

I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).

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