Distractions abound in our world. We drive distracted, we work distracted, we parent distracted, we even worship God distracted. We all know that taking our eyes off the road ahead (even for a moment) can be disastrous, but we're human and do it anyhow. We know that every day when we go to our jobs, we owe our employer our best effort, but it's very easy to waste half of a workday on personal or nonsensical distractions. This could go on and on, but you get the point don't you!
Habitual distraction eventually ends badly. In no area of our lives is this any truer than our relationship with God our Father. It all began with our ancient parents, Adam and Eve in God's garden, and has been passed along to every generation of the human family since. There is an antidote to spiritual distraction - but it requires uncommon faith.
David understood his own heart and made an uncommon commitment - "I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever." Psalm 145:1-2 He continues, "...I will meditate on your wonderful works....I will proclaim your great deeds."
I truly believe all disciples of Jesus have that same belief in their hearts, the same desire to praise God and meditate on his works and share it all with others in their life. Satan knows how to distract and redirect our attention to his own agenda for us.
Our earliest brethren struggled to maintain a daily commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord, they too were surrounded by distractions. The book of Hebrews was written to urge them to maintain focus. "Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we've heard, lest we drift away from it." Hebrews 2:1"Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider (keep your eyes on) Jesus." Hebrews 3:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus." Hebrews 12:1-2
Over the years I have met a literal multitude of men and women, young, middle aged and very old, who "drifted away". They never intended to, but they got distracted and the distraction became a habit then habit became a lifestyle. Probably all of us have been there at some point too.
David's commitment to praise God daily, meditate on all his works and share it all with others is the only effective antidote to spiritual distraction. He's still doing that same thing as he said "every day forever and ever." I want to do that too and with David's encouragement, the daily presence of Jesus and the help of God's Spirit, I will join David and a mighty host of others like us who overcame the distractions. We just have to pay attention. HALLELUJAH!