“Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.” --Isaiah 28:23
Once Lexi has fixated on something—another dog, a squirrel—it’s hard for me to get her attention. I can’t whistle, but I say her name and make kissy noises. If that doesn’t work, I clap my hands together sharply. I hope the loud, sudden noise will startle her into attention so she can hear what I say (which is usually “Leave it”). God’s trying to get our attention. He spoke to Moses from a burning bush. He gave his people the Law; he sent prophets. But the Israelites were fixated on something else: defeating their enemies, making money, their own self-righteousness. So God sent Jesus. Jesus is God clapping his hands. Jesus is the loud, sudden noise that startles us into attention so we can hear what God has to say. (Jesus is also God’s Word.) John the Baptist warns us: “Look,” he says, “the Lamb of God!” (John 1:29). Advent is the time to pay attention.
Dear God, This Advent season, help me pay attention and hear what you say. Amen