Have you ever noticed that distractions come at the most inconvenient times? That’s because they’re designed to do just that.
Recently I was praying and got sidetracked by a distraction. It wasn’t a thought to distract me or something like tiredness, it was a physical kind in the form of a rude, loud, boisterous neighbor. At 6:45 am on a Sunday morning, this joe is screaming at his dog who had wondered off the property (We live in a very quiet wooded area).
Of course, I allowed the distraction to get the best of me by stopping what I was doing to see what was going on. Mistake! I was praying that the Spirit of God would open up doors of opportunity to minister and speak. I should’ve known that when it comes to speaking into existence those things that are not as they they should be, that something would take place to derail my intentions.
Do you think distractions come from God or from the enemy? I think both. Scripture tells us that “Every time I try to do good evil is always present.” In the process of maturing as a Christian, God grades us and measures us according to the reaction. He looks more closely at our initial reaction to the distraction to see how we handle the situation (I quickly realized that I had failed miserably).
Remember the story in the bible when Martha was working so hard on preparing for dinner and cleaning, but Mary was hanging with Jesus?
But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Luke 10:40
Jesus simply replied by saying that she worries too much about the little things, that Mary picked the good part. (Heavily paraphrased…)
Distractions, as we learn from this verse, can be good and bad. Both draw us away from the Master. Distractions are tests. It’s up to us to discern this and to properly put them away. Keep your spiritual eyes and ears tuned in to the Spirit of God and recognize distractions for what they are. Focus on Him and let go of everything else when praying, meditating, and seeking wisdom from the Lord.
Remember: The distracting spirit will come, that’s a guarantee. It’s how you respond that dictates the time you’re distracted. When the spirit of distraction breaks in, pray against it. Bind it. Take control and treat it with contempt. Route that demon back to hell.
God Bless You and Keep You,