Be careful with distraction
This week’s devotional is based on Nehemiah 6. We have considered how God led Nehemiah to Jerusalem to spearhead a rebuilding project. As he led a group of believers to take on this challenging task, he encountered opposition. In chapter 6, and after 52 days of laborious work, Nehemiah is about to finish with the work of rebuilding the wall. However, his enemies are not about to give up and utilize an strategy to derailed the competition of this project. They tried to distract Nehemiah for his work (v.1-4).
We live in a world that is full of distractions, from electronics to thoughts that come to us, to kids calling for our attention.
It has become a challenge to be able to seat or kneel and pray or read the word of God without being distracted by something. I believe the enemy utilizes all possible distractions to stahl us from growing and becoming the person God wants us to be.
This week, I would encourage you to be careful with distractions. I would encourage you to pray to God for two things:
1. Discernment: this is the ability to see things the way God sees it. We need to pray so that we are able to identify distractions for what they are and being able to recognize those instances when is God calling us to a new endeavor, activity or project. (Hebrews 4.12; 1 Kings 3.9,11)
2. Focused heart: we need to have priorities and be disciplined to stay engage and focus on the task at hand. If you have kids and you’ve committed some time to spend with them, don’t let other things distract you from that commitment. Pray for the Holy Spirit so that He can give you the strength to stay focused. (Colossians 3.2; Isaiah 26.3; Proverbs 4.25)