Deuteronomy 2:4b warns us: …… watch yourselves carefully (NKJV)
John 16:33b further advises: ……. in the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (NKJV)
Life can feel like a thrilling roller-coaster ride. A day can be filled with ‘scream-provoking’ or ‘fear-filled’ moments, that overwhelm you by their intensity, or they can be mere side-show distractions that draw your attention and keep your mind focused on trivialities, rather than on a true, meaningful purpose for your day. Step by step or thought by thought, we can reach the end of our day feeling exhausted and unsatisfied, because our attention and energy has been depleted by all the ‘stuff’ we allowed in to distract us.
Jesus seeks to have us focus on Him, to believe on Him and rest in Him and then we will find perfect peace, and yet it can be so much easier to stay where we are even though it might be uncomfortable. We tend to hang onto what is familiar because it is our ‘comfort zone’, even when it is detrimental to our well-being.
People or situations can be a source of danger if you do not remain vigilant, so we need to be gainfully employed body, mind, soul and spirit. We should not give in to despair or temptation only then can we be refreshed and comforted, by God’s Grace and Love.
Prayer: Father, help us to focus on You and Your Word, instead of allowing the empty merry-go-round of the world to hold us captive. Let us be enticed by all that You have for us and keep us from resorting to worldly values, as we progress through each day. May we rest in Your tender care and follow Your guidance in all we do.
In Jesus Name, Amen