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ATTENTION

April 28, 2014

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ATTENTION

It sure can be  a good thing  to pay  “attention”  to a warning sign.     There are warning signs for:   slippery when wet  —  thin ice  —  curvy road ahead  —  speed limit ahead  —  detour  —  construction ahead  —  deer crossing  —  flood warning  —  tornado warning,  etc.,  etc.      People who feel they don’t  have to heed  these warnings  often meet disaster.     Their disaster  didn’t have  to be.     Had they paid  “attention”  and acted  according to the warning sign,  they would have remained safe.

It is in love  and concern  that our Lord also  gives us  warning signs  that we should pay  “attention”  to.     Sadly,  the LORD  had to say  to Israel  and to us today  in Isaiah 48:18,

If only  you had  paid attention  to My commandments!
Then  your well-being  would have been  like a river,
And your righteousness  like the waves  of the sea.

God is sad  when we stubbornly refuse  to pay  “attention”  to His loving commandments.     We know  the kind  of life  our Creator and Redeemer  wants us  to live  in faith,  hope,  and love.     We’ve heard  God’s warnings  repeatedly.     We are not ignorant  of the consequences.     So,  why do we  defy Him?     We are  so very well aware  of the eternal outcome  of daring  to disobey  and risk the dangers.

There definitely are  wonderful rewards  for those who pay  “attention”  to God’s warnings.     Proverbs 16:20  promises,

He who  gives attention  to the word  shall find good,
And blessed  is he  who trusts  in the LORD.

Paying  “attention”  to God’s word  brings good  and satisfying things  into our lives.     Actually,  paying  “attention”  is equivalent  to trusting  in the LORD.     So,  the question is,  “Do we honestly trust  in the LORD  to make things work out  for our good  when we pay  “attention”  to His word?”

And then,  Proverbs gives us  a scary warning  in Proverbs 17:4,

An evildoer  listens  to wicked lips,
A liar  pays attention  to a destructive tongue.

We might be paying  “attention”  to something  —  but it might  very well be  something evil  that is tempting us  to be wicked.     As a child  of God  we should have nothing  to do  with evildoers  and liars.     Pay no  “attention”  to them.     As a matter of fact,  Ephesians 2:10  says  of us,

For we are His workmanship,  created  in Christ Jesus  for good works,  which God prepared beforehand  so that  we would walk  in them.

As we pay  “attention”  to this verse,  we think  of how we were  “created  in Christ Jesus  for good works.”     God Almighty graciously  and freely gives us salvation  through faith  in Christ  —  just so that,  in the love  of God,  we would be led  to lovingly do  “good works”.     Our  “good works”  are not an attempt  to earn salvation.     They are merely  a joyful expression  of thanksgiving  for all  that God gives us  in Jesus.

In Christ’s gift  of freedom,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank you  for leading us  to pay attention  to the marvelous wonders  of Your truths.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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