I suppose all of us have had the experience of that “one fly” buzzing around in our home or office while we’re focused on doing something. I don’t know about you, but it is amazing to me how quickly “one little fly” can become a “BIG” distraction. At first, it’s a glance at the fly and you just kind of swish it away and continue with what you were doing. Then there it is again, and you swish it away again, and then again.
Now the glance has turned into a gaze, and you start to get a little frustrated. So you grab something to swat it with, without having to stop what you’re doing to find a flyswatter. Of course, most times there is nothing readily available. So you try to get back to what you were doing.
However, that “one fly” just will not give it a rest! Trust me, if you have had this experience, you are fully engaged in my emotions right now! The result is you end up having to get up and go find a flyswatter, which also can be a distraction if it is not where it’s supposed to be! Now that you have found the flyswatter and your focus is fully diverted to the fly, it is nowhere to be seen! All of this can take anywhere from five to ten minutes or more of your time if the lingering effects of not seeing the fly are wearing on you.
I share this story with you because the enemy (Satan) loves to use distractions in our lives to effectively draw us away from intimacy with God.
Usually, it’s not anything big to start with, but it can be. The enemy uses everyday life, marriage, family, kids, jobs, ministry, etc. to distract us from our time with the LORD and to get our attention. Once he draws us away, we become prey for the enemy!
As we go into the rush of Christmas season with a world already experiencing chaos and full of distractions of all kinds, do not let the enemy lure you away from your intimacy with God.
Worship him, celebrate his birth and take every action needed to keep your focus on Him. Bow the knee, stay in the Word, fellowship with other followers of Christ and share the truth and hope of the gospel with a lost world. First Peter 5:6-9 says the following:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
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