God the Giver of Attention
Eighth part of a Series
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)
Loving parents give their children attention. In fact new born babies need almost total attention. They need to be fed and changed. They want to be comforted when they cry. All the time they are awake they are the centre of attention. Babies like people to play with them and talk to them. And they are inevitably the focus of their parents’ conversations and of other people who meet them as well.
If human parents give so much attention to their children, how much more does our wonderful Heavenly Father give us His attention? We are so special to Him. Being children of God means being the centre of His attention all the time. He holds us in the palm of His hand, sustaining us every second of every day. He loves and accepts us for who we are, warts and all. He knows our names individually – John 10:3 tells us that Jesus calls his own sheep by name. God knows us intimately; He numbers the hairs on our head. Perhaps sometimes it seems as if God is distant, but the reality is that He came to dwell with humanity in the person of Jesus Christ and now makes His home with us (John 14:23).
Physical parents get tired, but God doesn’t. He’s always there for us. In good times and in bad. When we’re happy and when we’re sad. When we’re healthy and when we’re ill or in pain, when we’re stressed to breaking point. When we’re wide awake and when we’re so exhausted we can barely keep our eyes open. God knows what we are going through, what we’re feeling, what we need. We are always in His thoughts.
God has given His people attention throughout history, and it’s just the same today. We see an example in words spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
Lord God, thank you so much that you know each one of us personally and love us perfectly. In the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Study by Simon Williams
Worldwide Church of God Cambridge
Comberton Village Hall
Saturday 2:00 pm
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