For many of us, our loved ones are starting school again soon. This can be a hard time of trying to get back in the swing of things, and we can find ourselves getting distracted by the many tasks before us. We are back to traffic, schedules, soccer practice, Sunday school, Bible studies, homework…while trying to make sure we get enough sleep, good food and quality time.
All of this, plus all the distractions that come from our smartphones and other technology, can really pull us away from God. Sometimes a week will go by and we won’t have spent any time in His Word. We can miss a red flag from a friend in need because we are too busy checking our email while trying to write good discussion questions for our Bible study. We usually end up with no energy, or the excuse of “I’ll just do it tomorrow.”
But remember that even Jesus was tested by distractions–and by the master of temptations.
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 But He answered, “It is written:
Man must not live on bread alone
but on every word that comes
from the mouth of God.”
5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city,had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
He will give His angels orders concerning you,
and they will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.”
7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”
8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written:
Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only Him.”
11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.” -Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus was able to resist the temptations by knowing the Word and staying focused on the Father. Hebrews 4:15-16 “…we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” With the start of this school year, let’s remember to make the Word our home and keep our eyes fixed on the one seated on the throne of grace.
What helps you stay focused?