How God Gets Our Attention – Blessing and Breaking
Key Bible Verse: Jesus … asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people. – Luke 9:16
Bonus Reading: Luke 9:10-17
It is easy to label life’s moments. This one is good; that one is bad. This is a rich blessing; that’s a real setback. But it’s in the interworkings of the two that the deep meaning, power, and beauty of living in union with God comes through.
Last spring one of my close friends had a heart attack. For a while it didn’t look like he’d make it. But he grew better and was finally strong enough for the surgery that was supposed to give him a new lease on life. In the fall we had a conversation something like this:
“Well, how did you like your heart attack?”
“It scared me to death, almost.”
“Does your life mean more to you now than before?”
“You and Nell have always had a beautiful marriage, but are you closer now than ever?”
“Do you have a new compassion for people—a deeper understanding and sympathy?”
“Do you know the Lord in a deeper, richer fellowship than you had ever realized could be possible?”
“W.T., how’d you like your heart attack?”
Silence was his answer.
—Bob Benson in See You at the House
My Response: I’ll thank God for a setback that corrected my perspective.
Thought to Apply: Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.—Christian Bovee (English scholar & explorer)
Adapted from See You at the House (Generoux, 1986)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, I realize that Satan would love to switch my attention away from You. Please capture my attention and turn my focus toward Your will for me.