Sometimes we need something to get our attention. We often become prideful in ourselves. This is nothing we have to work on as it’s built into our nature. God knows how to get your attention. What will it take to get your attention? Jonah refused to do what God had told him to do. God gave Jonah many opportunities to change his mind and do what God had told him to do. Yet Jonah refused. Finally, God had a great fish to swallow him until Jonah agreed to simply do what God told him to do. It took a great fish for Jonah.
He is the potter and we are just the clay. He is the creator and we are the creation. He has every right to do what He wants since He created us. We have no right to complain if He wants to change something we don’t like or understand.
God wanted to get to Nebkenezers heart. There were three in his fold that refused to worship what the king, Nebekenzer created. The king threw them into the flame and then his eyes were opened to what he saw in the flame, God. In the scriptures, we read of many that refused God’s calling. God then required something of them because of their disobedience.
Many times we see this throughout the Old Testament. What about the New Testament? Peter denied the Lord, not once but three times. He refused to believe that he would deny his Christ. Yet, he did it because Jesus knew he would. The rooster crowed 3 times and Peter knew right away he had messed up. Stop looking the other way when God is trying to grow you. If you need God to get your attention, He will! However, He shouldn’t have to do that.
After saving our unworthy souls we are still weak to serve Him. Those that didn’t return back to church tonight have a field that is more important to them than God. God is not asking you to do something that you can’t do, but are uncomfortable to do. If he has to, He will burn your field.
There is a day coming that He is going to get the attention of the entire world. At that point, it will be too late for many, many people. God WILL have their attention.