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Concentrate, Please!

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard,
so that we do not drift away.
Hebrews 2:1

Are you listening to me? Please pay attention!”

I said those words countless times throughout my son’s childhood. As I tried to teach my son, a host of things vied for his attention. A leaf blowing in the wind, a spider on the ceiling, or even the freckle on his hand held more sway than math facts or spelling.

I am encouraged that King Solomon implored his son to pay attention as well. (Proverbs 4:1, 20, 5:1, 7:24). And he had to tell him more than once!

I have some similarities to my son, however. As I attempted to complete a project today, I have popped popcorn, watched the baby birds outside, texted friends and played with the dog. Sometimes it’s so hard to focus!

For me, it takes effort and determination. In Hebrews 2:1, we are encouraged to pay the most careful attention to God’s word. This isn’t just an occasional glance but an intense awareness. Without this conscious focus on God’s ways and his words, we are in danger of drifting away. Drifting happens little by little. Other things take priority, drawing us away from what we need most – closeness to God.

If we pay attention to what we have been taught, more benefits come our way. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea (Isaiah 48:18). Peace and well-being will accompany us. Who doesn’t need more of those?

Ladies, shall we be attentive students? Let’s seat ourselves at our Teachers feet, learning from him and listening to his words. Jesus said everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher (Luke 6:40). If I’m going to be like my teacher, I definitely want it to be Jesus!

Lord, help us pay close attention to you, blocking out all other distractions. Teach us your ways so we will be steadfast.


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