Work. Family. Friends. Health. Education. So many things clamor for our attention. Yet above them all, the still, small voice of God calls us to worship, to listen, and to focus on Him.
God alone provides the clarity we need to thrive in a distracting world. His plans include you (Jeremiah 29:11), but the only way to know His will is to spend uninterrupted time with Him — today and every day.
Disappointment results when I fail to stay focused on following God’s laws
You have commanded your precepts, that we should fully obey them. Oh that my ways were steadfast to obey your statutes! Then I wouldn’t be disappointed, when I consider all of your commandments.
Doubt distracts me from God’s blessings
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, without any doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. For that man shouldn’t think that he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
God’s leading is clear; all I must do is follow
Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers won’t be hidden any more, but your eyes will see your teachers; and when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”
I must not let the necessities of life distract me from what is truly important
But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she came up to him, and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister left me to serve alone? Ask her therefore to help me.” Jesus answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Suffering and self-pity can distract me from the big picture of God’s overwhelming love
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.
Focusing on God keeps my mind and conscience pure
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
Staying focused on obeying God’s commands is good for my health
And he said, “If you will diligently listen to the LORD your God’s voice, and will do that which is right in his eyes, and will pay attention to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who heals you.”
What I pay attention to is my responsibility
Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. Until I come, pay attention to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching.
God knows my motives and wants to be actively involved in my plans
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the motives. Commit your deeds to the LORD, and your plans shall succeed.
God promises to help me focus my attention
Ask, and it will be given you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.
Making wise, godly choices can save me from worldly distractions
Discretion will watch over you. Understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the men who speak perverse things, who forsake the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of evil, who are crooked in their ways, and wayward in their paths.
Godly focus is direct and unwavering
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.