In today’s electronic filled world we are constantly distracted on a daily basis and with these distractions comes a wall between the Lord and ourselves. We must let go of distractions and set our focus upon the Lord, “I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” (Psalms 16:8). How do we let go of distractions? How do distractions affect our relationship with God? What constitutes a distraction? Common questions asked when such an issue is brought up, but with close examination of the word it will then all become clear.
What constitutes a distraction? A distraction can be anything in a general sense, but when we closely examine ourselves and our clutter from the day we then can pin point distractions that are necessary and those that are only hindering our walk with God. “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin.” (Job 13:23). When we ask God to reveal to us the distractions that are hindering us He will then reveal us the truth of how much time we spend on non-sense and how little time we spend with Him. Distractions can be many things, but the ones that the Holy Spirit shows us as grieving Him, then those are the ones we should work to get rid of. Distractions can be as simple as spending too much time on our phones, or too much time hanging out with family and friends, and even too much time at work.
How do distractions affect our relationship with God? When we spend too much time with certain distractions before too long they become idols in our hearts and we begin to want to please them instead of God. “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24). Distractions separate us from God and keep our minds focused on the things in the world instead of on the things of heaven. With distractions we lose our ability to hear God’s voice above all the other things in life. “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2). Distractions also slowly conforms us to their ways and beliefs which ultimately takes us away from God and His ways.
How do we let go of distractions? Letting go of distractions requires help from the Lord in which we should ask the Lord to help us know what distractions to let go of in our lives and to help strengthen us to do so. When we let go of distractions that hinder our communication and growth in Christ we are then released from its bondage and are able to grow to greater heights than ever before. “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head- Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15). Letting go is a life time process and requires patience and waiting upon the Lord to cleanse us and make us a new creation where we are sensitive to His voice and His guiding hand. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Knowing, understanding and letting go of distractions is crucial in our growth in God and coming to truly know Him personally. We must become more still in this busy society and truly come to know Him like the prophets of old. We need to become sensitive to His spirit and knowing His voice from the voice of the world and walking with Him each and every day. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10).