Our previous post was on focusing on your goal. For a recap, we learnt that to focus on our goal, we need to have some “me time”, deal with distractions and press on with what we are doing. For a recap of that edition, kindly read the blog post via this link.
A reader of the post asked a question we want to discuss today. The question is presented as follows:
Question: What if along the way something unplanned happens but dealing with it means sinning against God? Will you drag the problem along to reach your goal or will you just stop and deal with it first and continue?
With this question, we will discuss dealing with distractions as you focus on the goal. As was mentioned in the previous post, you can not do away with distractions, as the word focus comes with dealing with distractions. Dealing with these distractions will be different for each person as well as the circumstances. However, I have outlined a few points from the Bible for us to have a look at.
- Each situations requires wisdom to handle. Wisdom requires that we understand the situation and know how to respond appropriately. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10) and the Holy Spirit has been given to us to guide us.
- Some distractions must be dealt with before progressing. They are meant to provide you with the necessary fortitude to get to the goal. These can include your guilt, fear and anxieties as well as unchecked emotions. Joseph run away as he was enticed by Mrs Portiphar (Genesis 39:1-20); Paul asked his son Timothy to flee from youthful lust (2 Timothy 2:22), and many more examples. You would have to deal with these things so you can move on. Further reading: Hebrews 12:1; Psalm 32:5; Luke 10:40-42; Matthew 6:25-26.
- Some distractions would have to be dragged along till you get to the end. A typical example was Jesus dealing with the teachers of the law as He was about His ministry. At every point in his ministry, you could find them asking a question or challenging his actions. It would have taken eterninty to change their thinking patterns. Therefore it was important that He dealt with this hypocrisy and injustices as He continued His ministry. In oour current lives, this would mean that we have to also deal with the injustices, moral inappropriateness as well as persecutions as we focus on our goal of becoming like Christ.
- No matter what distractions you face and the approach you have to deal with it, it should never let you sin against God. If it leads you to sin, then its a sign that you were directed by God. You need to advice yourself and seek direction.
There is a price to pay to reach your goal. It takes determination and perseverance to get there.
I pray that God will grant us the wisdom to deal with the distractions as they come our way. May we receive the grace to put aside every weight and sin that so easily entangles us. This and many other blessings we ask in the name of Christ our Lord. AMEN!
If you have read this message and you do not know Christ, I would like to ask you to receive Him as your Lord and personal saviour. He has been made wisdom unto us and it is only through fellowship with Him that you grow in wisdom. If you want to receive Jesus as Your Lord and Saviour, kindly repeat these words after me:
Thank You Father for sending Your Son Jesus to come and die for me so I can be saved. I receive You Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. Please come into my heart and fellowship with me. Amen!
If you have said this prayer with me, congratulations on joining the family of believers. Do find a Bible-believing and Holy Spirit-filled church to fellowship with.
God bless you and remain a blessing.
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