Are you living day by day focusing on the will of the Lord or are you distracted by the things of this world? There are so many things in this world that will distract you from what God deems most important. The devil has perfected the art of distraction and he is hard at work to keep you looking in all the wrong places.
But you must resist each and every temptation that he sends, attempting to pull you away from the Lord’s will. Put down what is pulling away your attention. Turn to Jesus and fix your eyes on what He has to show you. Then follow His lead into doing His will and plan for your life.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Constantly there is something going on, places to go, people to see, business to attend to, something to watch, and something to listen to. As well as, conspiracy theories to deceive and cause worry, anxiety, and fear. Anything that might distract you from doing what you should do.
Is this what is happening to you? Do you find yourself falling into the worries of the world? Pulled here and there, by everything you see. Constantly taking your eyes off of Him and putting them on what is temporal. Things that are either not good for you, not glorifying Him, or completely out of your control. Is this how God wants you to live? Absolutely not!
How do you expect to hear from the Lord, to know where to go, or know what you should do if you allow these distractions to dominate your life and mind? Trust me, I have been there many times. If you find yourself being consumed with the distractions of the world you will veer from the path He has placed before you.
Be still, fix your eyes on Him, pray for His deliverance from distraction, and have faith in Him and He will help you. Trust in His plan and then rest in Jesus. Let Him have your burdens and do not worry. He will guide you. He will light your path so that you may not be pulled off the pathway to life.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word! Psalm 119:105-107
Be at peace, resting in His arms, and turn that other stuff off. You don’t need most of them anyway. Then be still, be quiet, pray, and listen for Him to speak to your spirit. To lead you in His way.
Jesus said, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Many times even those things that seem to be good can be a hindrance to your spiritual connection to God if you allow them to distract you. This includes other people and religious activities that can draw you away from the Lord. If you are continually paying attention or amusing yourself with them you may not hear what the Lord has to say at all.
This is why it is so important to think and focus on things that please the Lord. Because it is truly the work of the devil in these last days to distract. In this time of the industrial and technological revolution, there are a million things to turn your focus away from Jesus. As the saying goes, “it is never a dull moment.” But excitement and entertainment all the time is not a good thing.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
You need quiet time to clear your head, to listen, and hear His voice. Besides, if you truly live a quiet, still, and attentive life dedicated to Jesus, it will be anything but dull. You can only experience it if you put the time and work into doing it.
The devil only wants to lie, kill, and steal your life away from you and most importantly your eternity. If he can find a way to distract, he will. 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 take your focus off the right way.
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 all kinds of things. Entertaining 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. That same silence that God requires for you to hear Him. Are you starting to see? Does this sound eerily familiar? If this is true for you, maybe the devil has tricked you, and you didn’t even know it.
God does not speak through the noisy whirlwind, the thundering of the storm, 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, focus upon Him, and wait for Him. Listening with an attentive spirit and a hopeful disposition.
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
Now the question is, what should you do? Put away those things that have no eternal benefit. Things that are a distraction from the ways of the Lord. Many of them may have some value, but if you are focused on them instead of the Lord, they only work to hamstrung your effectiveness for His will. They will cripple your ability to do and go where He commands.
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. Keep your ears fixed on His voice. Focus on His Word and don’t let the things of this world distract your attention. They have a tendency to ruin the opportunities He gives to build up treasures in Heaven.
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. You will stay on His path, hear His voice, and do His will. Then the Lord will be pleased with you and bless you.
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 6:8