Tonight I lay here, face moist with tears and a heart of repentance, I realize how easily it is to get distracted from our first love. As I'm preparing to move many of our things into our new home, out of state, I've been busy shopping online and having the things we need shipped there. I hadn't realized how much of my attention it had consumed until this moment. As I read His Word, I'm convicted. I've been obsessed with finding the right furniture and all of the things that come with furnishing a house. Even my excitment was directed at objects instead of God. I found pleasure in the hunt, which of itself is not a sin, but filling my time with it is.
It's so easy to change our focus, sometimes it's on the blessings and other times the trials, but the outcome is always the same. As the focus changes it begins to draw us away from God and never towards Him.
As I pray, it breaks my heart that I would fall for such an obvious trap. Material things or whatever else has our affection and devotion, becomes idols. This didn't last very long, but even a day putting anything above our time with Him is destructive.
He's the source of the blessings and He is to be praised and honored! If the distraction is a trial, then you should also give Him praise and honor in the midst of it. His Word teaches us that He inhabits the praise of His people. In the midst of pain and devastation, His presence brings us the peace and strength we need to endure and overcome.
No matter what your current situation may be, make sure He remains in the center of your life and always stay focused on Him! Nothing is as important as time spent worshiping and loving on your Savior! He is the source of our peace and it can quickly be lost if we do not remain plugged into Him! Refocus!!
Revelation 2:4-5 (TPT) But I have this against you: you have abandoned the passionate love you had for me at the beginning. Think about how far you have fallen! Repent and do the works of love you did at first. I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place of influence if you do not repent.
Matthew 6:33-34 (TPT) “So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from Him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
Jonah 2:8-9 (NIV) “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”