If you're like me there are times when it's difficult to stay focused during your devotions. Well meaning, I pull out my bible, pen, notebook, and sit in my quiet place, and my intention is much like Psalm 119:15 I will meditate on Your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. And then, like a slow infection, distractions creep in drawing my attention away from The One I came to spend time with.
We've all seen it and most likely been 'infected' personally by it. Two people make a plan to get together for coffee to spend time with each other and ones cell phone rings. You might be left sitting there listening to your friend having a conversation or texting with another person. What about in church? With the bible on many of our iPhones, more and more people are using that instead of bringing their actual bibles to church. I'm certainly not against that, and have it on mine too, but the problem is with the distractions that come along with it. I've noticed it a number of times in church. Someone is using their iPhone to follow along with the scripture reading and they get a text. Instantly distracted, they read it, and within a split second their focus has changed from God's word to someone else. It's easy for 'life' to distract us from the Giver of Life.
I've been challenging myself to be more aware of the distractions I've been allowing to creep in. Things that pull me away from my focused time with God. He desires my undivided attention. It's in these times when I make God my sole priority that I've found the deeper riches in my relationship with Him.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart, do not let me stray away from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees.