Posted by: missionventureministries | May 31, 2018

IS GOD TRYING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION? – Psalm 119:67

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. (Psalm 119:67) 

To get our attention, God will allow suffering, sickness, adversity, anguish, trials, tribulations, and heartaches in our life. 

Your life may be one disaster after another, mostly because of your disobedience to God. In fact, God is always trying to get our attention, but sometimes we won’t listen until we have to pass through times of hardship or pain. 

God loves us, and He doesn’t want us to go through life from one crisis to another, instead, He wants us to build our life on a solid foundation which is founded on the truth of His Holy Word. If God didn’t love us, He wouldn’t bother trying to get our attention. 

He wants us to understand that we need Him. We need God’s forgiveness, His guidance and direction in life. We were not created only for this life, but for eternity, and God desire is for us to be with Him forever in heaven, that is why He sent His Son to teach us and to pay the price on the cross for our sins. Jesus came into the world to re-unite us with the Father. The Bible says, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). 

God used tragedy to bring people to Himself. Prior to accepting God’s call, Jonas fled from Nineveh and got on a boat, hoping this would get him away from what God was calling him to do. Shortly after the boat left the shore, a very bad storm came and started tossing the boat around. All the men were very afraid and they soon realize that Jonah was the cause, and he was tossed into the stormy waters, in hopes of appeasing an angry God. Jonah is then swallowed by a whale and while in the belly of the whale he finally comes to his senses and accepts his ‘call’. 

Maybe something radical, tragic has happened to you lately: bad news from a doctor, an accident or a close brush with death. Or maybe something else has gotten your attention. 

God wants what is best for us. For this reason, He will discipline us if we persist in sin, and will administer correction if we dishonor His name and His commands that are in the Bible. He says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent” (Revelation 3:19). 

Please understand that, “though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, if you trust and obey Him, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:20-21), and “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you” (Isaiah 43:2). 

If we try to cover up our disobedience and rebellion God will remove your sense of peace and joy, and the Holy Spirit will keep us under deep conviction until we humble ourselves and repent of our sin and rebellion. Some people have a tendency to exhibit a continuously disobedient and rebellious spirit; therefore, these people may have to be constantly chastised with losses and sometimes chronic pain to keep them from wrecking their lives and causing further dishonor to our Holy God. 

Always remember that God loves you: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Through trials and tribulations hopefully we will become wiser and will finally see things in a different light. We will know the difference between things that are truly valuable and those that are worthless, and thank the Lord by realizing that: “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees” (Psalm 119:71). 

Just like the Psalmist, we too must learn that God’s word is essential to our spiritual growth and life, for without it we will wander and suffer many avoidable afflictions. 

Suffering and affliction helps us to learn God’s ordinances, it teaches us how to obey His Word and it helps us not to forget His Word, but to affirm, apply and obey it. It was not until after the Psalmist was afflicted that he changed his course into the right way of keeping God’s word, and we are no different than he.  

The Psalmist pain lead him back to the Lord and where he once served self, did what was right in his own eyes, he now obeys God’s Word. 

For many who are stubborn, disobedient and resentful, it is in troubles, crisis, pain, struggles and suffering where true spiritual growth takes place. So, let us, “Observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to Him, and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and regulations…Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” (1 Kings 2:3). 

Could it be that God is trying to get your attention? How much pain and loss will you have to endure until you fully surrender your disobedient spirit to Him and start obeying His Holy Word?

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