In the first few comments about distractions we talked about staying focused on God and not allowing distractions to take your focus off of Him. I felt led to share this issue concerning distractions because I feel like there is someone out there who this will help. Let’s start with John 10:10 which teaches that the enemy (the devil) comes to steal, kill and destroy. His motive is to steal from you, destroy your life and kill you. That’s so you won’t fulfil the call that God has on your life; and by the way there are plenty of Christians that he has killed that went home to be with the Lord long before their time. If this is confusing to you and you want more information concerning this, just send me a note.
Anyway, sometimes when situations arise in our lives, we understand that they are distractions, but we don’t understand their purpose and how to deal with them. I will deal with both of these issues in this post. Let’s look at an example, and we’ll address both questions in the example. Let’s say that you have a meeting to attend. You hop in your brand new car and take off for the meeting. On your way your check engine light comes on. Then you realize that you left your portfolio for the meeting on the kitchen table. Then you realize that if you go back to get the portfolio, you will be late to the meeting, not to mention what should you do about the check engine light? Ignore it and keep driving or go immediately to the shop to have it investigated and forego the meeting, after all you did forget your portfolio.
What are the distractions in this scenario? Well obviously the check engine light coming on in your new car and the fact that your portfolio is on the kitchen table. What is the purpose of the distractions? All of these events are centered around the meeting . Is God trying to tell you not to go to this meeting? Does God really need a check engine light to tell you something or for you to be forgetful to tell you something? NO How does you being forgetful and a check engine light coming on bring God glory? THEY DON’T God is a Spirit and He speaks to our spirit. That feeling you get that says, don’t by this, or you won’t be happy if you do that, or go this way home and not that way, are the ways that God speaks to us. The first and foremost way He speaks to us is through His Word. So read His Word and the Holy Spirit will begin to teach you what He wants you to know. The devil is the prince of the world, which means he is in charge of this world system. He interacts with you through your five senses. He wants you to see something, hear something, touch something, etc. that will cause you to react a certain way, and his goal is to steal, kill and destroy. What do you think your reaction would be to the check engine light coming on in your new car? Would you be overjoyed and say thank you Jesus? I think not. You may be frustrated and angry especially since the car is brand new. Where do those feelings of frustration and anger come from? The enemy (devil).
So we see the purpose of the distractions are to get you angry and frustrated, and the devil hopes that you will act on your anger and frustration . . . like driving to the dealership and cursing out the service department because your brand new car shouldnt have any problems, or lying at the meeting about leaving your portfolio at home because you don’t want your boss to think you are careless or forgetful. . . so you tell him that you know all of the information required for the meeting and didnt need your notes. Now this distraction has led you to lie. So through this example we see that distractions are meant to get us outside of the plan and will of God. That answers question one, what is the purpose of a distraction.
Now on to question two, how do we deal with them? The first thing is that we have to recognize them for what they are? We have to know that they come from the enemy and their intent is to get you outside of the will of God for your life. Once you know that, then you can deal with them effectively, with the Word of God. Let’s go back to our example. When we notice the check engine light and realize the portfolio is on the kitchen table, we should immediately begin to talk with God. A good thing to do in this situation is to bring God in remembrance of His Word. For example, Psalm 37:5 says to commit thy way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will bring it to pass. Your confession can be, Father I don’t understand why these things are happening, but I trust you and I know that you will take care of me. Then you ask for His wisdom as to what to do concerning the meeting, your check engine light coming on and you not having your portfolio. James 1:5 teaches that if you need wisdom, ask God and He will give it to you. Wisdom is not something that you can get from a book, unless that book is the Bible. Wisdom is knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. God will give you clear instruction if you will listen to Him and lean not to your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches that you can have an understanding but you should not lean to it. In all of your ways acknowledge Him and he will tell you what you should do. Be led by the Spirit of God and not by your own smarts! Don’t let distractions get the best of you. Be blessed.