Monday, September 27, 2010

"First, Get His Attention"

A farmer sold his mule to a neighbor. Looking his friend in the eye he said, “He’s a good mule. He’ll work hard all day and do anything you want him to do. But first you’ll have to hit him to get his attention.”

Some of us are like that mule. God has to allow us to get into difficulty before He can get our attention.

Remember the prodigal son? He must have had a good life. But he was not satisfied. He took what was his and left home. His wicked ways led him to a life of sorrow, sadness and separation. Finally he hit bottom. When there was nothing left and no place to go, he returned to his father.

Sometimes it takes great sorrow and tragedy before we turn to God. We try to live our own lives and go our own way and we end up in pitiful, painful places. We push aside our responsibilities to God and fail to be obedient to His directions. Then He does something to get our attention.

The Psalmist said, “Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I keep Your Word.”

Troubles? Problems? Sickness? Broke? Worries? God will do whatever He must to get our attention, not to impair us but to improve us.

Prayer: Father, we thank You that You want us to be close to You and honor You in our lives. We pray that we will always hear Your voice and follow Your paths of righteousness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:67-71

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