DISTRACTIONS THAT MUST BE CHASED AWAY
Abram had prepared the sacrifice as the Lord had commanded. Yet, as he waited on the Lord, vultures swooped down to eat it. Abram chased them away. He would not let them distract him from waiting on the Lord. He was focused on hearing from God.
When we commit to offer a daily sacrifice of Bible reading and prayer to the Lord, many “vultures” attempt to distract us. External distractions like pets, a ringing phone, social media and even family members, can distract us from focusing on God. We must learn to chase them away by finding a quiet time and place away from such distractions.
Then there are the most difficult “vultures of distraction.” These are the ones that come from within us. Distracting thoughts that come from anxiety, doubt, fatigue, temptation, and even busyness of mind. Like Martha, we must hear the Lord’s voice saying, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed” (Luke 10:41). That “one thing” we need focus on is Jesus!
So, let’s be determined to chase away every distraction. For we know that the “birds” will try to “eat the seed” (See Mark 4) of God’s Word before we can take it in.
PRAYER: Lord, there are many things both within and without that try to distract us from hearing from You. Help us to chase away every distraction and focus on Your Word and on Your Spirit. We are weak and easily lose focus, but strengthen us to wait on You, being satisfied with nothing less than Your voice. In Jesus name, Amen.