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The cares of this world can wear you down. They will cause you to be so focused on the turmoil that’s happening in the land that your emotions begin to take over. And if that’s not enough, we have so many other things to distract us from spending time with God. Family, jobs that are demanding, electronics that are portable and we can’t seem to put them down, activities that we are involved in, and even some demanding positions in the Church. Many times we are unaware that we have stopped giving God our attention and time, or even that we are no longer hearing from Him, until trouble comes. We get so consumed with our daily routines that we are now squeezing God into our schedules instead of making Him our priority. You know, like saying that quick prayer as soon as we wake up or right before bed. That’s really not being sincere. It’s just a routine that we’ve become accustomed to doing. (Luke 10:38-40)
*Distraction from God is Dangerous*
Many will say that I pray all the time, or I give God thanks every day. Some may even say I go to Church on Sundays and bible study once a week. These things can be mere routines that we are accustomed to doing. The question is, while in Sunday service or bible studies are you distracted while there? Are you being completely honest with yourself? God’s desire is that we live in daily fellowship with Him, not when it’s convenient for us. (1 John 2:28(NLT)) 28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.
What becomes our priority is what’s most important in our lives. You will make the necessary sacrifices to get what’s important to you. Quality time and making sure to stay connected to it, is often something we don’t want to lose or feel as though we can’t live without. This is true no matter what “it” may be in your life. If you are too busy for God, you are too busy because you are putting everything else before Him, essentially making that “it” your god. Let’s not forget that even giving so much of your time to the Church can be a distraction, especially if it’s not allowing you to spend time in your word and developing a closer walk with Christ. Just because you are on several committees or singing in the choir is not spending quality time with the Lord. God didn’t create you to have a “To Do List.” Many things will come up to distract you. Just when you are about to read His word, the phone will ring; just as you are about to go into prayer, the children act up; just as you are settling in to mediate on the Lord, someone wants to vent or tell you his/her problems. Beware! These are mere tricks of the enemy! God will not send things to distract you from getting closer and spending time with Him. (Proverbs 5:1 (NLT)) 1My son, pay attention to my wisdom; listen carefully to my wise counsel. (2 Timothy 2:15 (KIV)) 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
*Allowing things to consume our lives causes us to drift away from God*
In order to hear from God and to walk in His true purpose for your life, you must first know Him. And how do you come to know Him? You have to spend time with Him. As you begin to make God your priority, you will begin to hear Him clearer as He speaks into your spirit. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NLT)) 16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.When you begin to make the Lord your priority, you’ll begin to recognize that without Him your life is in disarray.
God did not create you to live a distracted life. Don’t let the noise of this world or the pulling of life cause you not to hear the voice of the Lord or to be distracted from God.