As I talk to people about their relationship with God the conversation tends to drift toward whether God is ‘there’ or God is ‘listening’ or whether God is ‘speaking’. In essence, people want to know that God is still paying attention. The unspoken heart cry is ‘Is God there and does He care?’. Often people believe that the problem is that somehow they don’t have God’s attention.
The truth of the matter is that this type of spiritual thinking puts us at the center of the master plan. Ultimately this type of thinking leads us to being the beginning and end of faith. The reality is quite the opposite.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. – John 1:1-4
As you can see in this passage, Jesus, not us, is the center of our faith. We were created by Him, for Him and our life is through Him. Jesus is the center of it all.
So that brings us back to our question. Do I need to get God’s attention? No. He is never unaware of you or your condition.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Matthew 10:29-31
God is aware. He’s aware of the sparrow and he’s most certainly aware of you. So if our goal is not to ‘get God’s attention’ how can we bridge the gap?
Flip the script.
When I’m feeling empty in my faith and I’m not ‘feeling’ Jesus like I once did it is not that God needs me to wave orange flashlights around like I’m directing a 747 on a runway. I don’t need to ‘get God’s attention’, I need to GIVE GOD MY ATTENTION.
Tomorrow I will talk about a practice I have incorporated into my life that has been helping me refocus when I sense a mission-drift occuring in my heart. For now though, I leave you with a passage that reminds me of the truth that God is incredibly aware and present in my life. He’s there for you. He’s near you today. Read and meditate on this passage:
English Standard Version (ESV)
1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.