“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Grace and peace be unto you.
Distraction is defined as anything or anyone that prevents you from having an intimate relationship with God and completing your divine assignments. Some examples of distractions are yourself, friends, and social media. The Bible says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). When we meditate on God’s Word and practice them, we are in unity with Christ and John 17:21 is fulfilled, “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” In this state, we know God’s desires and ask according to his will.
The story is told that the Shunammite’s son died and she went for the prophet, Elisha. When Elisha arrived, he entered the room and closed the door so he was alone with the boy. He then prayed, stretched out on the child twice and he came back to life (2 Kings 4:32-37). Elisha had an intimate relationship with God, hence, he knew that God wanted the boy to live. Furthermore, he discerned that the boy’s mother and his servant were distractions and so he closed the door on them. Keeping out the distractions helped him to perform the miracle and accomplish God’s plan. As you journey through life, you must use discernment and put measures in place to shut out the distractions. By so doing, you will complete your assignments and fulfil God’s plan.
Anxiety and impatience are two distractions that can rob us of our blessings. Scripture says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). The prophet Samuel wrote that he told Saul to wait seven days for him to come before offering a sacrifice to the Lord. Saul waited for seven days, but not the seventh hour, and when Samuel did not show, he offered up the burnt offering. As soon as he was finished, Samuel arrived. Samuel was angry and told him that his kingdom would not last because of disobedience (1 Samuel 13:7-14). Saul’s anxiety and impatience prevented him from obeying God. As a result, he missed out on his blessings. The psalmist says, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways” (Psalm 119:15).
There are many other kinds of distractions but the most common ones are the lies we believe from Satan. Lies are defined as information that is contrary to God’s Word. For example, Satan may tell you that God will not answer your prayer hence it is futile to pray, or praising God is a waste of time because you have not received the expected blessings. However, Scripture tells us to pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17), God answers prayers according to his will and in his time (Isaiah 49:8), and praise God continually (Hebrews 13:15). In these situations, you must decide if you will accept God’s truth or Satan’s lies; you cannot do both. Embracing Satan’s lies will prevent you from accepting God’s truth, completing your assignments, enjoying yourself, and living a successful life. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).