Be on the lookout for things that distract you from pure and simple devotion to Christ. Many things abound in this world to steal our attention away from what truly matters. Fears and distractions can crash upon us in wave after wave, threatening to knock us down.
This is even more true as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the people in nations across the world. Our own minds are captured on social media by politics, news and even conspiracy theories. Others’ highlight reels fill our feeds 24/7, tempting us to compare our temporary quarantine life with others.
Remember this: You can choose to be thankful with the things in your life that are good. You can be grateful that even in the difficulty, God never leaves or forsakes us. We have eternity waiting, this life is not the end for us.
You can seek to turn every worry, frustration or temptation into prayer to the Lord. God has given us all we need for life and godliness in the knowledge of Himself. You don’t need to know everything about what is going on or figure out the latest theories about what is happening in the world. You can trust that God will speak to you concerning what you and your family need to know or do.
And if you feel like you aren’t experiencing God’s presence right now—feeling as if He is near—it doesn’t mean you need to dig in harder to do so or that something is wrong with you.
Remember, beloved, it’s not about a feeling or experience, it’s about believing God, living out truth and loving Him and others.
Watch out for those worthless things that try to steal your focus from God and what truly matters. Take your stance against those distractions by prayerfully going about your day with your thoughts turning over and over again to the Lord.
See below for some Scriptures to study on this topic.
Scriptures for Study
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence”
2 Peter 1:3 (ESV)
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.”
2 Corinthians 11:3-4 (ESV)
“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
Psalm 119:37 (ESV)