What things keep you so occupied that they hinder you from spending time with God every day? We live in such a fast paced world that one could easily be consumed by the things of this world. So, how do you remain in fellowship with Christ in this day and age? What is your biggest distraction?
“People who want to move mountains must start by moving away small stones”.
God’s word instructs us to meditate on His word day and night. Blessed are those who delight in the law of the Lord, and who meditate on it day and night (Psalms 1:2). We are to meditate on His word every day and night, not to turn from it left or right. The purpose of this is so we may be careful to do everything written in it, which will in return bring prosperity and success in different areas of our lives (Joshua 1:1-9).
Reading those verses brought a couple of thoughts to my head. There are reasons why God tells us to devote time to Him day and night; and many of these reasons are listed in the Bible. We may wonder why some areas of our spiritual or physical lives are lacking in fruit, prosperity, or success. You may be wondering why some things aren’t happening for you. Whatever it is, only God knows the true reasons why. But maybe it’s not the right time yet. Maybe it’s a season you’re in; there’s a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Maybe it’s simply because you are not obeying God’s instructions to you from His word. Or maybe it’s because you’re not spending enough time with the Lord that would eventually make you fruitful. Jesus says remain in Him and He shall remain in you. You can’t be fruitful by yourself, but the person who abides in Him will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, you can do nothing (John 15:4-9). In Mark 4:14-20, Jesus also talks of the people who sow their seeds among thorns. They hear the word, but all the cares of the world, wealth and money, and desires for worldly things choke the word and they become unfruitful; as opposed to someone who sows on good ground where they hear and receive the word of God and end up bearing so much fruit. All the cares of the world and lustful desires are all distractions.
What are your distractions? By distractions I mean all those things which are preventing you from meditating on God’s word or devoting your time to the Lord. Right now I have to say my biggest distraction is TV. I love watching TV shows. I used to watch so many but gradually I had to cut some out because of all their content and time it took away from me being productive. I try to limit it to one show a day, during dinner. Some days I’m successful and others not. News and sermons, on the other hand, are exceptional. I can watch those when I get time.
So whats yours? Is it all that TV you’re watching, all the social media platforms you invest your time in – learning, copying and envying what people are wearing, doing, and saying; or those internet sites and magazines that you’re looking at. How about all those worries, concerns, and fears in your head? Worrying and living in fear all day that you forget that we have Jesus who we can cast all our burdens on. And what about your work, school, friends, family, spouse, or children? Yes, family can be a distraction too (1 Corinthian’s 7:29-35). Not all these things are bad, but they can be a hindrance if not put in check. Are these things or people hindering you from your daily bread? Are they causing you to fail in some areas of your life? Are they a setback? Can you create a balance? Know what your priorities are. God should be your number one priority, not your child, or social media, or boy/girlfriend, etc. Your alive because of God’s breath in you. God gave you all those things you have, and in an instant, He can also take them away if it is in His will. He should be number one in our lives and the rest can follow. Eternal life is knowing God, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Himself whom God the Father sent (John 17:3). To know Him, we have to spend time with Him. How do you get to know someone intimately? You spend time with them.
The thing we forget sometimes is that in this life, our struggle isn’t against flesh and blood but against the rulers, authorities, spiritual forces and powers of this dark world of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). That’s the truth. Our enemy, the devil, is out there prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Devour means to feed on hungrily or quickly, consume destructively, engulf, or envelop. He will use all sorts of plans, people and methods to distract you from knowing who you are in Christ Jesus, and will try and keep you from being fruitful by throwing all sorts of distractions your way. As long as he can get your time every day and take control of your mind and thinking, then he could easily take control of you. But with Christ Jesus taking over your life, you’re a victor! Amen to that! But let’s also not forget that we are children of God, are more powerful than the enemy, and we have overcome him through Christ Jesus. He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). The enemy doesn’t have any power over us unless we allow so, through the things we do.
Some distractions are wide-open doors to the traps of the enemy against your life, and some could be major setbacks. We are to be sober and alert as the Bible teaches. Basically be aware in everything. Do not be conformed to the things of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern the will of God, and know what is good, acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2). With all the changes and fastness in this world, one could easily become prey for the enemy. But one has to constantly remember that we are not to love the world, or the things in this world because if we do, it means that the love of the Father is not in us (1 John 2:15).
I always feel like I’m lacking in my spirit when I don’t spend time with God. But when I do spend time with Him, He humbles me, restores my joy and peace, and gives me gladness. Even when I don’t have the best of days, all it takes is communication (worship, prayer, reading the Bible or simply talking to God) with my Lord and He gives me peace and encouragement.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, make time to get to know who your Creator and Savior is. Make it a habit. You may not feel like it some days, but it’s God’s instruction to us. He knows best. He loves us and looks out for us. There’s no room for excuses. “I’m super busy, busy, busy”. You’re always able to make time for whatever you regard as first priority, so again, know your priorities. Do what you need to do. God gave us free will. But be wise and careful in how you live, making the best use of your time because the times are evil (Ephesians 5:15). Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be mastered by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12).
Burn sinful bridges.
God Loves YOU!