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Getting God’s Attention

I realize sometimes we drown in religious jargon and spout off verses that we hardly understand, but can we be honest for a minute? If we were to consider God’s favor and blessing and how to attract it, a list might emerge in our minds.

  • Build an orphanage in Africa
  • Plant a church (preferably a large one)
  • Sing “God songs” to thousands
  • Witness to people as often as possible

We could go on, but you see my point. Despite what scripture tells us and how God reveals His heart, we get trapped in worldly thinking that promotes strength and criticizes (and motivates us to hide) our weakness. God has no issue with strength or our exercising strength, but that’s not what gets His attention.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens which cry.
He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
The Lord favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness. –Psalm 147:7-11 (emphasis mine)

God’s delight is not in your power or what you’ve attained. His pleasure is not in how strong you are, fast you can run, or what you offer Him. He favors those who fear Him–those who know Him and respond in appropriate reverence, awe, and worship. Those who wait for His love get His attention.

The truth is, I’m known by people according to my strengths. I am known as a singer, a guy who plays piano and writes songs, someone who preaches. I have developed some strengths in my life as well as just being born with some. God didn’t choose me because of any of them. He doesn’t continue to love me because of what I can do for Him. I enjoy the light of His face, the glory of His presence, because I choose to trust Him and seek a greater intimacy.

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
Who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
“Look to Abraham your father
And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;
When he was but one I called him,
Then I blessed him and multiplied him.” –Isaiah 51:1-2

This pattern is seen throughout the scriptures and throughout all of human history, but we still stumble over it. If we want God, we should remember and look to Abraham and Sarah. They had a lot going for them, but God wasn’t attracted to that. He was attracted to their faith. God was so impressed He changed his name and told him he would be a father of many nations, but still he just one man with a barren wife. As they believed, God blessed and multiplied him. We are a part of that multiplication today.

That kind of momentum is staggering! That’s the power of forgoing strengths to know and understand His heart. You can be assured that men may call you blessed because of your strength and see outward prosperity as God’s approval or blessing, but God calls to our core and longs for us to be drawn into worship.

Every strength that isn’t fully submitted becomes a liability at some point unless you bring it as an offering at His feet.

What are you thoughts on this? How has God showed up in your weakness?

 

6 Comments

  1. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

    Not really sure why it’s so hard for us to be dependent on His grace and love. Is it the ability to take the credit thing? I could do better about it, but I’ve definitely improved in my waiting on Him.
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    • I preached this on Sunday and talked about that verse actually. Many take it as if Paul was saying, “Woe is me. I don’t have anything to offer. I’m worthless” as a false humility type thing, but the more I meditated on it, I felt like what he was saying was, “I’m so confident in God and His word, I don’t care if you know my weakness, God will still work through me. It’s not about my strength, it’s about His.” That’s a different perspective! Thanks Philip.

  2. Awesome post! God isn’t impressed with the physical abilities and potential He designed in us. As scripture points out, He is interested in our hearts, the way we think then act.

    In the last three or four years I’ve done in depth studies in every book of the Bible, not by accident. The thing that strikes me even beyond His immeasurable love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness, is His absolute omnipotence of all creation. If we can’t start there how will we ever be able to honor Him from any other starting point? His is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end… He provides the very power that sustains the cosmos. He gives breath to those who praise and acknowledge Him and the ones who don’t… He is worthy beyond what our words and hearts can even fathom…

    • Absolutely! If we can even grasp a measure of that we won’t be so concerned with our strengths and what we think God wants from us. He doesn’t need us, but He desires relationship. My strengths add nothing to God and my weakness takes nothing away. I am a son in His Kingdom and dearly loved by my Father. That’s my life--abiding in Him. Great thoughts, Floyd. Thank you.

  3. I think a lot of times God skips right over our strengths to use our weaknesses. It’s not because He doesn’t know what we are good at. It’s because He knows what He is good at. It’s because He knows that we tend to seek Him more in our weakness than we do in our strength.
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  4. The way me and The Father communicate is something easy and old fashion thing called Prayer. Most of the time I start out praying in tongues but only if I have prompting, then in English. Then I get quiet and wait for the answer. Once I get the revelation I write it down (Habukuk 2:2) then I do it. And then victory comes !
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