Have you ever been an attention seeker?
I know I have in my school days, when I would try to make everyone laugh and would love to hear people’s validations over my life until God had to change me.
In our school/college days all girls wanted attention – one would outdo in make-up, one in pranks, one in-jokes and so on. However, I have learned – To have King Jesus’ attention is far more worthy than to have people’s attention which is futile…
The attention for likes, comments, and validations from people is not what Soar Girls seek, but all we desire is God’s attention.
So, if you find yourself to be an attention seeker, let us learn from King Ahab’s life how to get the right attention.
In 1 Kings 21:25 -26 the Word of God says: There was none who sold Himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited. He acted very abominably….
That means King Ahab was the worst sinner! He did the worst things in the eyes of the Lord that it really displeased God.
The Word and Consequences
What next ? God then sends Elijah the Tishbite to prophesy King Ahab’s doom.
I always believe when God sends you a Word, if you don’t it hear once, He sends it twice or thrice and that is God’s mercy. When God sends you someone to correct you, again it is God’s mercy for you. And when someone comes with that correction, know that someone really loves you.
But then if you don’t listen and refuse to hear, consequences of sin come upon you. Proverbs 1:29-31 (AMP) says:
Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord [that is, obeying Him with reverence and awe-filled respect],
They would not accept my counsel,
And they spurned all my rebuke.
“Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own [wicked] way
And be satiated with [the penalty of] their own devices.
The Response that counts
1 Kings 21:27 says And when Ahab heard those words , he tore his clothes and put a sackcloth on his flesh and fasted and lay in sackcloth and went about dejectedly. _
And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite ,saying ,Have you seen how Ahab has humbled Himself before me , I will not bring the disaster in his days but in his son’s days I will bring the disaster upon his house._
I love how the Lord says to Elijah ” Have you seen how Ahab humbled himself before me“.
This is what I want to draw your attention to. King Ahab was the most wicked person living that time, and yet he could capture God’s attention because of his response to the Word of God delivered by Elijah.
If the most wicked king can get God’s attention by his response to the Word of God then how much more we?
When we humble ourselves before God and repent i.e. change our thinking, or change our ways, it gets God’s attention. Remember seeking the King’s attention is far greater than seeking the world’s attention.
This week may we be intentional in responding to His Word and changing our thinking! Will talk about this more in our next post.