You have God’s attention
I recently saw a video of a woman saying she was on her way to work when she felt God leading her to walk over to a man lying in the street. She was a little nervous about it, however. So she hesitated.
Understandably, her natural mind was questioning what the Holy Spirit was leading her to do. But eventually, she obeyed God.
She walked over to the man and asked, “Are you okay?”
“Oh, thank God,” he responded, feeling grateful she came over to him. He explained that he was 91 years old, and he had fallen into the gutter. He couldn’t get up on his own. No one, before she checked on him, had helped him.
She was being used as an answer to a prayer.
When she shared the story tearfully, it touched my heart. It also reminded me that, even when we find ourselves in the gutter of life, God cares enough to reach down and help us. He won’t forsake us. He will even command others to bless and assist us in our time of need.
Isn’t God good?
I often say, you are never too low for God to reach you. You are never too lowly for Him to see your value.
I’m reminded of the story of the poor widow in Luke 21:1-4. In the temple, she put her offering of two small coins in the collection box. These coins were called “mites,” translated from the Greek word lepta. A lepton was worth a halfpenny. Two lepta were the equivalent of one cent.
Essentially, the widow gave a penny in the offering. The rich people, on the other hand, gave far more than that. In the natural, what the widow offered was worth the least. But in the spiritual, it was worth the most, because she gave her all. Jesus took notice of this lowly, impoverished woman.
He said, “This poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.”
She sacrificed everything she had. The wealthy givers, however, only released a small portion of the large amount they could afford. That’s why this woman’s amazing sacrifice, which came from a pure heart, got Jesus’ attention. As a result, she is singled out in scripture and we are still being inspired by her example today.
In her day, she probably didn’t feel much like an inspiration. She likely couldn’t imagine anyone being inspired by her story centuries later. After all, she felt invisible and stuck in the gutter of life.
But Jesus saw her. She had His full attention.
You’ve got His attention too. He recognizes the sacrifices you have made and the confidence you have placed in Him despite hardships.
Whether you feel like it or not, God’s eyes are on you. The fact that you are seeking to honor Him with your life has not gone unnoticed. The way you are committing everything you have to Him out of loyalty, devotion, and reverence, matters to Him. The way you cling to your faith in His word impresses Him.
God sees you doing the right things consistently, even when you don’t feel like you’re getting right results consistently. He is acknowledging you and your sacrifice, just as He did the widow, and her offering which others deemed insignificant.
But it was significant to God. She was significant to God. And you are significant to God. Sometimes, I know you may feel overlooked, undervalued and insignificant. It seems like your work, faithfulness, faith and perseverance are all in vain.
But not so.
The seeds you have sown will produce fruit. God rewards faithfulness. Keep on going. Continue serving the Lord with everything you have and watch what He does. Good things are about to happen for you. You are not forgotten. God sees you. You have His attention.
Right now, I’m stirring Psalm 8:4 NKJV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that God is mindful of you. He is pleased with your perseverance. The hairs on your head are numbered according to Luke 12:7.
God delights to see you pressing, serving, and trusting, even when the benefit of it is not immediately apparent. Your press impresses God; that’s why you’ve got some rewards coming your way. Expect them to show up.
As Galatians 6:9 NLT says, "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.”
Now let’s pray.
God, thank You for letting me know that You see me, and that I am known by You. Please give me the strength and fortitude to continue moving forward in faith, and giving my all. In moments where I feel too weak and discouraged to continue, please remind me that whatever I do, I do it for You. And at the proper time, You will reward me according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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