Friday, January 25, 2013

Beware the Small Distractions

12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.  13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  -I Peter 1:12-14 (KJV)

Have you ever had the experience of getting a small cut on your finger which caused a surprising amount of discomfort?  Paper cuts may be the worst, but any sort of cut, no matter how small can be painful.  We must have a large number of sensitive nerves in our fingertips because these small injuries can be troublesome.  A few days ago I sliced the tip of my thumb on my right hand and this has bothered me all week.  I am still not certain how it happened.  Try doing anything without using your thumb.  My, that little appendage is far more important than we realize.  This tiny cut causes pain just about every time I use my hand.

The Word of God warns us of the need to be sober, prepared, and ready to face the challenges life daily throws our way.  We are called in Jesus Christ to walk forward in faith rather than fear, and to live daily in the blessed grace God has give through Christ.  The grace of God in Christ is spiritual power which inspires us to humility and steadfastness.  Each day we have an opportunity to grow in our walk with God.  Instead of being brought down by the trials of life we are instead made stronger.  We often think of the bigger problems as having the potential to knock us off our feet, spiritually speaking, and indeed they can.  However, be aware of the seemingly smaller issues which can create larger problems for us as well.

Be careful of allowing a small sight, an unkind word, an immoral thought, or some perceived lack of consideration to derail us from the spiritual victory God intends for us.  Life is a veritable minefield of temptations, distractions, and irritations.  Sometimes the seemingly smallest problem can become a landslide that throws us into confusion.  Many years ago a friend of mine was working as a delivery driver for an auto parts company.  The weather was warm one day and he was driving his rounds with the window down.  A bumble bee made its way into the van and attempted to land on my friend’s face.  As he swatted the bee away he lost control of the van and crashed.  The van ended up on its side, but fortunately my friend was uninjured.  This is an extreme example, yet even the smallest distractions have the potential to take our attention from what we truly need to be focusing upon.

I have no way of knowing what sort of day you are having right now, yet I know the power of Christ is awesome power for rising above the problems we face and walking in spiritual victory.  A relationship with Christ is all about going forward.  Walk ahead today in confidence that the Lord is with you and will empower you to spiritual victory.  It’s going to be a great day.

God bless you.