There are so many things in this world that will distract you from what is most important. Noise, noise, and more noise, there is always a distraction waiting to pull you away from the Lord at every turn.
Constantly there is something going on, places to go, people to see, business to attend to, something to watch, something to listen to, or something that will drown out the word of the Lord.
But is this a good thing? Is this how God wants you to live your life? How do you expect to hear from the Lord, to know where to go, or know what you should do if you are constantly busy being distracted?
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Be at peace and turn that stuff off. Then be still, quiet, and listen. You do not need most of them anyway. Many times even those things that are good can be a hindrance to your spiritual connection to God if you allow them to distract you. If you are continually paying attention or amusing yourself with them you will not hear the Lord at all.
It is truly the work of the devil in these last days, in this time of industrial and technological revolution, to distract you from the Lord. As the saying goes, “it is never a dull moment!” But to say the quiet, still, and attentive life of a committed follower of Jesus is “dull” is another lie from the devil.
He only wants to lie, kill, and steal your life away from you and most importantly your eternity if he can. What better way to handicap your life than to pull your attention away from the God who loves you, from the God who wants to show you the right way to go, to do anything other than focusing on Jesus.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9
People have become addicted to things, entertainment, and amusing themselves with a constant stream of input, activities, and business that has consumed them to a point that if there is silence for a moment they can’t stand it, and have to turn on some noise. Does this sound eerily familiar? If this is true for you, maybe the devil has tricked you and you didn’t even know it.
But God does not speak through the noisy whirlwind, the thundering of the storm, in the quaking of the earth, or the crashing of the sea, but He speaks in a quiet still voice. You have to get quiet, humble, and low, seek Him, look for Him, call out to Him, and wait for Him, then listen.
And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.
And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:11-13
What should you do, but put away those things that have no eternal benefit? Yes, many of them have value, but if you are focused on them they have hamstrung you. They have crippled your ability to hear from the Lord. They have taken you away from the one who seeks to guide your every step. Seek the Lord and be still. Trust the Lord and be quiet.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Psalm 37:3-7
Go from this place and do what He commands, listen to what He has to say, and keep your ears tuned to His voice, and don’t let the things of this world ruin what rewards He wants you to build up for the next. Don’t let yourself be distracted by all the tantalizing goodies of the devil. But do what is good, right, and acceptable in His eyes.
“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8