GETTING GOD’S ATTENTION 7-2-17
Psalms 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Contrite———(1) caused by or showing sincere remorse. (2) filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent:
Isnt it comforting to know that we serve a God who will draw near to you in your darkest hours rather than back away? I have heard it said that a true friend comes in when everyone else is walking out. God is even better than that. If you are one of his children he is already present with you. He stands with you and watches as everyone else walks out.
I don’t mean to imply by the title, that God isn’t always paying attention because he is. Sometimes we are prone to not call on him except as a last resort when there is nothing else we can do. I am thankful to know that when my spirit has been broken that God is nigh unto me. When I no longer have a will and I am overcome with guilt and just desire forgiveness and to be close to him, that he “saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” The bible says in Isaiah 57:15 that God dwells “…with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, and to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” The Lord also says in Isaiah 66:2 “…to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”
There are times in our lives when we all have found ourselves in that position. According to Roman 2:11, God is no respecter of persons and what he does for one he will do for another. Although we sometimes question what God is doing in our lives and how some things are supposed to be for our benefit, the bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” We may not like every thing that comes our way, but we can rest assured that God hasn’t forgotten where we are and he knows just what to do in our situation and it will be for our good even though it may not seem like it at times.
Situations in our lives often have nothing to do with how close we are walking to the Lord. One such case that proves this is the story of Elijah. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah had just finished slaying 450 prophets of Baal on top of Mt. Carmel. I know I refer to this story a lot in my writing but it contains so many lessons for us it is hard not to. Not only had he slain the prophets, but he had seen the Lord consume his offering that he had soaked down with twelve barrels of water after he prayed a short 63 word prayer. He then outran a horse to the bottom of the mountain after praying again several times and declaring an end to a 3 1/2 year drought. What happened after this great victory? Elijah immediately (chapter 19) received a death threat from King Ahab’s wife Jezebel that she would have him killed within 24 hours. I am sure that he couldn’t understand how he could be obedient to the Lord only to have this happen to him. He then took off on the run. The Lord didn’t berate him but with compassion sent his angels twice to feed him. If I am not mistaken, although the Lord sent angels to his people several times, I don’t recall another instance where they fed his people, much less cooked a hot meal. Elijah proved Jezebel wrong because he survived forty something days before he finally lodged in a cave on Mt. Horeb. There God spoke to him in a still small voice, and once again he did not berate him but only asked him what he was doing there. Elijah made his complaint to the Lord and asked to die because he believed he was the only Godly person left and Jezebel was seeking to kill him. The Lord then instructed him that he still had 7000 people in Israel that had not bowed to Baal and also that he still had work for him to do. He then had him to anoint new kings for Syria and for Israel. God also told him that he was going to annoint his replacement and told him who it was going to be. If you continue reading the story you will see that Elijah again returned to Ahab, after Jezebel had conspired to murder Naboth because Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard and he wouldn’t sell it to him. The Lord sent Elijah and he prophesied against him and Jezebel concerning the manner of their death. He told Ahab that dogs would lick his blood in the same place they had licked Naboth’s blood and that Jezebel would be eaten by dogs. It was in chapter 22 when the prophecy against Ahab came to pass after he was wounded in battle 3 years after the visit from Elijah. It wasn’t until 2 Kings 9 that the prophecy against Jezebel came to pass. This was after Elijah had already been transported to heaven by the Lord’s fiery horses and chariot. Don’t you think that Jezebel had probably remained furious because not only could she never kill Elijah, but he never even died at all?
That is just one of many examples in scripture where the Lord had compassion on his people who were in despair. John in prison on Patmos is another good example. My main point is simply this: God hasn’t forgotten where you are or what you are going through. Take comfort in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, that I mentioned earlier, where the scripture says, “in every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Also Romans 8:28 that I mentioned where it says “according to his purpose.” God is using not only the good but also the bad in our lives to accomplish his purpose. Obedience and humbleness during times of a broken heart will get God’s attention. He is not like the definition of a friend that says “he is coming in when everyone else is walking out.” No, it much better than that. It is like the Psalmist said in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He doesn’t have to show up because if you have ever accepted him as your Savior; he has never left you. As far as your trouble is concerned, remember this phrase that is mentioned 457 times in the bible; “it came to pass.” It didn’t come to stay but it came to pass. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!