I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
I have made a few posts about not losing sight of what is important and making sure our walk is straight and true through the guidance of the Word of God. I read the above scripture this morning and it reminded me of all of the distractions we face in our daily lives and how diligent we have to be to not let the distractions become first in our lives.
My last post was about the distractions finances can be in our lives, but there are so many more distractions we face on a daily basis. Our jobs can be some of the biggest distractions in our lives. With technology we have the ability to have email access on our mobile devices essentially never shutting off our work day. We have video games, computer games, games on our phones. The games on the phone are a big distraction. We may think we are participating in the family when we are in the living room playing whatever the big trending game is right now, when in fact we are buried in the game and not active participants in anything that is going on around us.
Luke 10:40-42 - And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things, But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
If you read the entire story in Luke 10 about Jesus visiting Mary and Martha, then you will see that Mary sat at the Lord's feet when He came in to listen to Him. Martha was 'distracted' with serving Him so that when He arrived she continued with what she was doing because it was important to serve the King. She did not stop and rest in His presence as Mary did. Martha expressed her displeasure at the fact that Jesus did not admonish Mary for not helping Martha in her work.
Sometimes the most important thing we can do is to stop, sit, and rest in His presence and allow Him to speak to us, renew, and refresh us. We run the risk of missing out on being in His presence when we are more concerned about our work.
Deuteronomy 33:27 - The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, 'Destroy!'
Our God is a refuge. He is our resting place. We cannot be so distracted that we forget to rest in His presence and partake of His goodness. Spending time with Him in His presence, in His Word, is what allows us to keep Him fixed in front of us so we do not lose sight [get distracted] of Him.