“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.” Proverbs 4:20
We are bombarded with so many distractions on a daily basis. It takes a conscious effort on our part to remain focused, doing the things in life that are truly needed.
Think of the story of Martha receiving Jesus into her home. Her sister Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, paying attention to Him and taking in every word. But Martha was busy in the kitchen, preparing everything so it was perfect for her guests. Naturally, she became frustrated with her sister, who wasn’t doing anything to help out:
“[Martha] came to [Jesus] and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’
‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:38).
Like Martha, we tend to be worried and distracted, giving attention to the challenges around us instead of the Word of God. But the only thing that’s needed is to be like Mary, to sit at the feet of Jesus, soaking in His presence and His Word.
Are you giving attention to the Word? Are you hearing from Him? Or have you allowed the distractions of the world keep you from listening to Jesus? Instead of fixating on life’s challenges, meditate on the Word so that you can hear from Him.
Lord, give me the wisdom to deal the distractions in my life that are keeping me from attending to Your Word. Amen.
Write down three specific things you tend to worry about. Then, make up your mind to give them over to God as you give attention to His Word and hear from Him about how to deal with them.