Rest In The Midst Of Distraction
"Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived my beloved brethren. Every good gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." - James 1:12-17
In my walk with Christ, it is so easy to become distracted. The world we live in is so fast paced, and around the clock it seems impossible to not get side tracked daily. Throughout the Word, we are reminded over and over again to take the time to rest. God set this example for us on day seven of the creation week. However, between work, church, family, and fun, its easy to become so distracted, that these gifts from the Lord not only prevent rest, but can cause me to separate myself from Him.
God has blessed me with a good job, a wonderful church family, a beautiful wife and daughter as well as with being able to have and to do a lot of “fun stuff”. Clearly these things them selves do not cause me to sin. However through my sinful nature and selfish desires, these things that are blessings from above are turned to sin when I allow them to distract me to such a point that my pursuit of Christ gets moved to the bottom of the list. God is certainly not tempting me by giving me gifts, the enemy on the other hand would love to deceive me, and use those gifts, and my selfish desires to draw me away from the Lord. I find myself so often getting so absorbed in my hobbies, extra hours at work, or wanting to devote my extra time to my family that the one thing I become willing to sacrifice, or say “I can just do that later” is my time with Jesus. I am constantly reminded that I am not fighting against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the darkness of this age (Ephesians 6:12), who desire by any means necessary to distract me, tempt me, and lure me away from Jesus.
It is so crucially important that I am taking time to rest. Not just sitting on the couch with a remote in my hand, but rather, getting somewhere quiet and seeking God. Meditating, opening up the Word, spending real time in prayer. This one on one time with God is my strongest way to stand against the enemy and myself. Get out of the fast lane for a few moments, recognize what God is doing in my life, and take the time daily to thank Him for all He has blessed me with. This is how we can get true rest for our minds, bodies and spirits. This is how we can fight against distractions and temptation.