Today I’d like to talk about distractions, and how they draw us away from God. In todays day and age It may become easy to become distracted from God.
Life, and getting caught up in it, on overdrive, overwhelmed,sometimes were running on empty by the time night comes, we may say to ourselves, ” where did the day go”.
Psalm 27: 4-5 One thing I ask the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in the temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.(NIV)
Some examples of day to day distractions include, but are mot limited to : Technology, money, relationships, cell phones, TV, social media, running from here to there. You may feel rushed just to get through your day, even something such as someone in your home having the TV or music to loud when you may be trying to have time with God, you may be trying to meditate on his word, but that TV or music keeps interrupting you. I admit, there are some distractions I have trouble blocking out when I’m trying to have time with God, especially Loud noises, like TV, and others music or phone noises, games and such. I end up finding that I end up re-reading over again or I end up having to come back to reading at a different time, I want to be sure I understood what I’m reading about in God’s word.
There are a couple other distractions that came to mind, they are: environmental factors, unhealthy family dynamics, mental and physical health problems. Sometimes we may become overwhelmed and let these things over our lives.
We should be in a constant state of awareness and STOP! BREATHE! Regroup, during such times we will need to bring our minds back to God. Focusing on his promises, and blessings and go to him in prayer and meditate on his word. When we allow other things in life to distract us and overtake our lives, sometimes those things begin to become bigger to us than God, and we can find ourselves drifting away from God.
Luke 10: 41-42 ” Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, ” you are worried and upset about many things, but few things needed- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,” (NIV)
Maybe this is you and me, maybe not. Maybe you see a friend or family member struggling with different distractions in their lives, they may need your help and prayer to STOP! BREATHE! and regroup to bring them back to the here and now, to reach out to God in their own prayer and focus on his word.