Have You Not Heard???

”Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40:28, ESV)

I can be way too casual about my relationship with God. And I am often too casual about my relationships with family and friends, too. I take it for granted that they will be there when I need them, while not, myself, always being available to them when they need me. It’s like I treat Him and them as if they are specialty wedges in my bag of golf clubs. Those are the kind that you probably won’t use very often, but sure come in handy when certain situations arise!

Even though I begin my days with time in God’s Word, I sometimes make it half-way, or more, through the day before I give Him a second thought. Sure, I have a full-time job which requires focused attention. But that’s not a valid excuse. He is the Creator of all things! Every breath I breathe is provided by His grace and power. That I have the capacity to reason and express my thoughts, to understand and to be understood, doesn’t primarily come from my education; it comes from Him!

I have people I can go to who will give me advice on a variety of subjects. Sometimes it’s easier to ask a person who can respond audibly, although they might unintentionally give me bad advice. It’s possible that my queries might just hit them at a bad time, when they aren’t in the best mood, or when they are too tired to give their full attention. But God doesn’t “grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

I don’t have to worry about catching God in a foul mood. Nothing I ask comes as a surprise to Him; I can’t catch Him off guard. And, as far as wisdom and understanding are concerned… Off. The. Charts!

So I have to ask myself from time to time, when my attention has been temporarily drawn away, “Have you not heard?”

I give myself the same “V8” moment that the disciples had when Jesus asked them, “Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember” (Mark 8:18, ESV)? The disciples weren’t thinking clearly when Jesus had told them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. They thought Jesus was pointing out that they hadn’t brought any bread with them. So Jesus reminded them about the feeding of the 5000 and the feeding of the 4000, and they were like, “duh!”

It’s easy for us to become distracted in a world filled with more distractions than at any other time in history. It’s easy for us to forget everything that God has done in us, for us, and through us. It’s also easy for us to seek answers for life’s questions in mankind. But, while it may take a little bit more effort to seek our answers in God, it is far more worth it.

Oh, and by the way, we need to remind ourselves not to take our people for granted too! 😉

Blessings on your week!

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  1. I suspect that all the farmers of old, the majority of people in most lands, had the advantage of working outside in God’s creation with lots of “think time” available while they performed manual labor. Not that all or even most were thinking about God frequently, but they certainly had fewer distractions and likely greater awareness of their dependence on God’s providence. We live and work in mostly humanly constructed environments with an enormous number of mental tasks and distractions. Thus our challenge to practice engagement with God and learn to pay attention. Thanks Tim for the reminder.

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