Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 (King James Version)
I have a confession to make. When I get ready to pray, I kneel down, think of my Lord and begin my petition, my mind begins to drift and I think of other things. Quickly, I put those thoughts out of my mind, but if I am not careful, my thoughts drift away again from God; or what’s worse fatigue sets in and I fall asleep before my Savior.
I am sure all of us, at one time or another, have fallen victim to being distracted from worshiping God. Suppose you are singing along with the choir at church then you glance at your watch and realize that you are missing the game. Or perhaps you are driving on the highway feeling really thankful for all that God has blessed you with today when all of a sudden someone cuts you off and slows down in front of you; what would be the usual response to a situation like that?
Why is it that things like that happen to us who are followers of Christ? We don’t consciously say, “Today, in my Bible Study, I am going to let myself be distracted by something else.” It is because, even though we are saved by the blood of Christ and forgiven of our sins, we still dwell in a body that refuses to submit to the will of God.
So what is it that we can do to prevent us from falling prey to such temptations? We must consider the Lord as more important than the thing that distracts us. Suppose you are missing a ball game while you are singing worship, so what, you can find out the important stuff of the game in the news highlights later that day. If someone cuts you off, think of it this way, the Lord gave you the presence of mind to stop before an accident would happen; that is something worth praising Him over.
Think about a relationship that you cherish the most. How do you show that person that you love them? Usually you give them your undivided attention. That means when they are talking, you are listening actively, not having your eyes glued to your phone or to the television. When they ask you to do something you do it without complaint (most of the time) and not make excuses for not doing it.
This same principle applies in our relationship with God. If He is important to you, you must make every effort to keep your focus on Him. That is often accomplished by spending more and more time with Him; usually through prayer, Bible reading, and serving in ministry to others.
Now what happens when we stumble and get distracted? Does that mean that God no longer love us? Absolutely not!
God’s Word is perfectly clear, that absolutely nothing can make God turn His love from those whom He had saved. He understands that we are still in sinful bodies and He is full of Grace to give us the chance to confess and turn away from our short comings. Also, the Lord that we worship is patient and even when we are distracted, He will always be there.
With all this in mind, let us strive everyday to live our lives pleasing to the One who has redeemed us, the Lord Jesus. Let us pay attention to the words we say and the thoughts that we think and ask ourselves, would we do such things if Jesus was there? Let us keep that question close to our hearts, because He is always there with us.