Distractions. I don’t know about you but I struggle with distractions, like my sin, constantly. A squirrel running by the window or a bright shiny object can derail any train of thought I have. Our world and lives are full of distractions. I hate to give Satan any credit but you can call him the “Master Distractor.” And I make it easy for him.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “distraction” as: something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention; something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.; or a state in which you are very annoyed or upset.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I hit all of these at one time or another and am probably always on one of those definitions. If only distractions made life better but they don’t.
The last couple of weeks have been filled with some newsworthy issues. But it seems there are just as many if not more distractions so that we stop paying attention to the issues that really matter.
Here are some examples:
The Planned Parenthood videos are shocking and incredibly disturbing to say the least. Yet the argument has now turned political and that the videos are an attack on women. Complete distraction. It seems we (by we, I mean the country) are more upset about Cecil the Lion. I’m all for respecting laws and if a crime was committed in killing Cecil then justice should be served. But the outrage of this has far surpassed the outrage of the Planned Parenthood videos, at least on a national level. Another distraction.
Last Sunday, two bombs were set off in two separate churches in Las Cruces, NM. A police officer was shot and killed in Memphis, TN. A doctor from Oneonta was detained in China for having a “religious” conversation. Louis Farrakhan speaking in a Baptist church (I still have a hard time believing he was allowed to speak and quote the Koran in a Baptist church), called for black people to kill those who are killing them. Seems the national outrage is pretty low on these issues. Maybe we are distracted.
And finally, the Empire State Building was lit up with pictures of endangered animals on it. I am for saving endangered animals. In some ways I guess I am one. But has it ever been lit up with soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country? Have we become distracted by placing animal life above human life?
When David faced Goliath, he was not distracted. He was focused and single minded in his purpose. He as not distracted. He was not distracted by what scholars believe were over 200,000 soldiers of the Israeli army, which included his older brothers. He was not distracted by the opposing army. He was not distracted by Goliath, a giant of a man running and cursing at him in full armor. And he was not distracted by the fact that he had only a sling and five stones. David ran at Goliath. He ran at the giant not just with a sling and some stones but with the power of God.
“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” 1 Samuel 17: 48 &49.
By ignoring the distractions and focusing on what God wanted him to do, he accomplished something we call miraculous. We all have giants we must face. The giants of fear, selfishness, pornography, sexual immorality, idolatry, etc. dominate our lives. We allow them to dominate. God challenges us to focus on him, ignore the distractions and defeat our giants.
Scripture tells us that in Christ we are victorious, we sing “Victory in Jesus” but live like we’re defeated by Satan. Why? Especially when we know better and have the ultimate, unbeatable, unsurpassed power of God at our disposal. There is no reason we can’t go “Ronda Rousey” on the distractions and giants in our lives.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1: 19.
Can we encourage each other to focus on God? If David can slay Goliath, what can a group of men from Locust Fork Baptist Church accomplish if we all focus on God, ignore the distractions and slay the giants in our lives? The thought sends chills down my spine.
May we run to the cross the way David ran at Goliath!