PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Subtle DistractionsJohn Tilton
Hebrews 2:1-3 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment,how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.
This reminder was to be very careful to not only receive the Word of the Lord, but to keep it bound in one's heart and mind so that one did not drit away, or in other words, get distracted. The word goes on that one will be held accountable for what one has heard and in turn, one's obedience and what God has called one to do.
One of the tools of the enemy is distraction. In the world and life today, it is so easy to get distracted with so much going on vying for our time and attention. We may read and hear the Word of the Lord, receive it with joy and be encouraged, only to find ourselves letting God's Word and teaching drift away because of distractions in our lives. Part of our ability to be obedient is to reamin focused and holding on to what has been seeded into our hearts and minds. Thus, it would seem that an intentional effort in keeping God's Word and lessons in our hearts and minds that we would be ready in season and out of season, as well as when opportunity presents itself or situations come our way.
Dear Lord, please keep me from getting distracted with things other then what you've meant for me and placed in my heart and mind through your Word and life lessons. May I have the ability to filter out that which is not your priority for me and the time afforded to me that I would not drift away from your Word and will.