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Tempting Distractions

Do you every have “tempting distractions”?  Let me explain what I mean.  A “distraction” is anything that will draw me away from what God wants me to do right now.  There many things that are not sinful in and of themselves, but they do not contribute to or lead me to fulfill God’s will for me at this moment.

I have been reading through the book of Nehemiah and in chapter six he models for us the way to remain focused on what God has called us to do.  Often “distractions” come from other people who have a different agenda for us than what God’s will is.  It’s not that people aren’t important, they are.  Some can be “enemies in disguise”. But we must be discerning (1 Thess. 5:21).  In the case of Sanballat and Tobiah, they heard about the progress of God’s work through Nehemiah and want him to leave (stop) this critical work to have a “meeting”.  Notice Nehemiah’s answer: “And I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?”” (Nehemiah 6:3).

There are other “distractions” besides people.  I find myself allowing small things to turn my attention off what the Lord wants me to do.  Time has many robbers!  Because of the days we live in, Paul says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17).  The will of God for us is more important than anything else in life!

So what is the “test” that will tell me whether something is a “distraction” or not?  I am learning to ask myself the question; ‘is this the will of God and will it please Him?’  Over and over, Paul was concerned about what would “please” the Lord, his Master.  (See 2 Cor. 5:9; Gal. 1:10; Eph. 5:10; Col. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:4; 4:1; 1 Tim. 2:3; 2 Tim. 2:4).

Because Nehemiah would not let anything “distract” him from the work God had called him to, he became a model and motivation for others, what was broken was restored to God’s plan, the word of God was given its proper place, and the worship of God was restored.

Where do we begin in restoring an undistracted heart?  “Mary…sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching.” (Luke 10:39).  “Martha was distracted with much serving.” (v.40).  I am convinced that in the presence of Jesus we discover what is important to Him.   It will be very different from what man’s agenda is.  Let us seek to live “undistracted” for the will and pleasure of God!!

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  1. June 10, 2011 at 5:22 am

    This is the very area of my own struggles. A timely encouragement brothers!

    • June 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

      Very thankful this was an encouragement to you. That is what we are called to do!

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