How is it that we know “in our knowers” that God is ALWAYS faithful and yet we can get so easily distracted by what is thrown at us in life? We determine what we want the outcome of something to be and that’s not how it turns out and yet His plan is always filled with a greater good and a most precious purpose far above what we can envision. Today has been a prime example of that for me.
Even in my devotions the Lord reminds me quite often of a word that has come out of my mouth in a conversation. Today the word was distracted. All of my most precious friends along with my husband and I are walking in what we all see as struggle. Here in our earthly home it is. And yet………….
Our hearts go out to our friends and their hearts go out to us in these struggles because we all love one another so. Because we are commanded to yes, but far above that is we all are seeking the heart of Christ and if we have that then we can love one another right? And yet…………………………………..enter a distraction.
Health issues comes to mind. One dear friend is dealing with an unknown awaiting results of a test. One sweet friend has had trouble with migraines and food allergies. I myself recently had health concerns. Just enough to separate our minds and our hearts. Distraction?
Wait, what about family issues. That will distract us to distraction won’t it? We love our families so much and when they are in turmoil, we become in turmoil. Distraction?
Oh, here’s another one. Woundedness. Oooooohhhh, that’s a hard distraction isn’t it? That will consume us to no end .
One more and I think you will get my drift. Self. A great distraction that is! A phone call I had today from a dear relative was full of self. They were distracted and certainly distracted me.
Thought of another one – financial problems. Who among us has not had a chink put in our armor there? We have to survive don’t we? Distraction.
Let’s go back to paragraph two and the “And yet”…………………………. Here’s the devotion.
“As you seek to press into a new level in God, you will quickly discover that distractions are one of the enemy’s first and greatest weapons to hinder you. Therefore, you must be prepared to guard against them and do all you can to minimize the distractions before they occur. In the book of Nehemiah, while the people of God were working to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after they had been destroyed, their enemies plotted to keep the work from progressing. One of the key weapons they used was to create distractions in order to hinder the progress of the builders. “Now it came about when Sanballat, Tobiah, and the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry. And all of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.” (Neh 4:7-8) The enemies of God and the enemies of His people planned to create enough of a disturbance to distract those who were building so that the job could not be completed. The enemy’s devices are never new, but we are “wary of his devices” (2 Cor 2:11), including his craftiness and deceitful schemes. That’s why we must realize that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places” (Eph 6:12) You can be sure that your enemy, the devil, does not want you to enter into a new level in God. For when you touch God you bring His purposes and plans into earth, and your victory in prayer marks the devil’s defeat. Distractions will break down the hedge of protection that God has built up around your prayer time, and this generally occurs through the carnal and mundane. Those things we would consider perfect harmless at other times can become hindrances to prayer for no other reason than they take our focus off the Lord and place it on self, the world, or on the flesh. Entering into the depths of God requires your total focus, so you must guard yourself from distractions.”
From The Depths of God by Pat Chen
I’m thinking (dangerous I know) and praying on all these things that have touched all of our lives in one way or another and I am realizing the true And Yet. The Lord is drawing us one by one, together as couples, and wholly as a group into a depth in God unknown by us and unimaginable to us. (even though we think we know what that is (smirk, snort, chuckle))
So what HAS TO HAPPEN? We must be tried by fire, tested in trial, and found desirable in His eyes to carry out that precious purpose. In order to take us to that unknown and unimaginable depth He wants our undistracted devotion. It’s like a mother telling her child…..”focus, pay attention honey, listen to me”. And the child says, “but mom, I’m watching cartoons.” And mom replies again, “focus, pay attention honey, you must focus on what I am saying.”
No matter what the enemy throws at us we certainly must maintain our love for one another through prayer for one another. But most importantly we must focus. Focus on the most important thing and then all else will fall into place (whether we like the outcome or not) the way He purposed it. All He wants from us is our UNDISTRACTED DEVOTION.