Pay attention

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”  Hebrews 2:1

We live in an age of communication gone crazy.  Television, telephones, video games, Ipods and a multitude of other devices compete for our attention.  We can hardly focus our attention on one before we are distracted by another.  We seem to be a society of distraction.  But there are some things we cannot afford to be distracted from.  The writer of Hebrews warns us of this.

The words of Jesus are more than just words.  They are life.  And unless we heed those words, by listening to and obeying those words, slowly we will begin to drift, like a ship that isn’t anchored.  We will become leaky vessels, unable to contain what has been entrusted to us.

In America we are so very fortunate to have the freedom to own as many Bibles as we want.  I can take my Bible to work, I can read it in public places.  Yet this liberty is worthless if we do not pay attention to these words of life and let them penetrate deep into our souls.  This is no mere religious book.  It is the revealed truth about who God is, what He has done for us and what He requires of us.  Nothing in this world deserves more careful attention than this.

Let us be like Samuel – “Speak Lord, for Your servant hears.”


4 thoughts on “Pay attention

  1. Miss Linda July 11, 2009 / 8:43 am

    This is such an important message, dear Eirene! I am convinced that the enemy of souls is using the information explosion to distract us from the Scriptures so we will be spiritually weak and ineffective for battle.

    “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11).

  2. Rachel July 15, 2009 / 12:37 pm

    Amen! Great post. The other day I saw a young woman reading her Bible outside in front of some stores. What an incredible picture – one I wish I saw more of.

    We chose how we use the time we have been given. And many can’t seem to find time to spend one-on-one with God in His Word – I didn’t for years. The time is there – I just didn’t choose to give Him time – it was lack of knowledge that kept me distant.

    Now that I have been spending that time consistently for 8 years it is the best decision I ever made. (that seems such a trite statement for the immense impact it has had on my life) His Word is indeed life – when I wasn’t in it – my life was full of death in more ways than I knew and in it I have experienced a completely new world.

    Thanks for sharing this important truth.


  3. Eirene July 15, 2009 / 4:24 pm

    Rachel, thanks for sharing that. I too have found it amazing what an impact it makes upon my life to be consistently in the Word of God. My times of reading and studying the Word have frequently launched me into the most heavenly moments of prayer and worship. And when my heart is full of His Word, I always have something to share with someone else.

    God bless you.

  4. Eirene July 15, 2009 / 4:30 pm

    Miss Linda, I absolutely agree with you. In these times, one must have a disciplined mind and a heart that loves and knows the value of the Scriptures. Otherwise we will certainly fall prey to the enemy’s tactics and find our Bibles gathering dust in a corner somewhere. God forbid that we should ever neglect His precious Word!

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