Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Distractions


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Distractions

Are you easily distracted? I certainly am. My wife calls it “bunny trails.” We are on one path and then another one appears so we just run down it. Why so easily distracted? Is it the evil one trying to keep us off course? It could be the devil to blame. But I believe it is more likely a fractured mind, or not being single-minded. The mind of Christ is what we are looking for not our own broken and easily led astray or away from our target or goal or plan. He became obedient and humbled Himself even to the point of death in His service to God and mankind. But it is really not our own plan or path we want to follow, but that of God, which is better. It is service for the kingdom. So is there just one thing?

“One
 thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4). David chose the right one thing, to seek after that Lord, worshiping and gazing at His beauty in His temple or sanctuary. That is where he could find God. We can find Him in His Word, in prayer, in circumstances and other godly people through His Holy Spirit. It is Jesus and His word we are seeking to guide us, not things of the world to stay undistracted. 

Where did the Apostle Paul fall or rise on the question of distraction? 
 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). It is hard to forget the past and errors or bunny trails that led us down holes in the ground or worse. But like an Olympic athlete Paul pushed onward and upward in his call to win the promised prize of salvation. He concentrated on Jesus the Author and Perfector of his faith. He is the One Person who gives Him wisdom and guidance for the journey of sanctification not distraction. 

I keep a list of goals and plans in my heart, but it is God who directs my steps (Proverbs 16:9). I need to continually ask Him for wisdom (James 1:6) so that it is His will I am following. He will give it too me if I delight in Him alone for, “the desires of my heart”(Psalm 37:4). My desires must be His desires for me. He makes it clears one step at a time, as we need it. Did you read this short essay through, or did you wander off into the desert like the above photo?


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