Distractions from The Divine
August 13, 2011
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Automobile accidents happen because we get distracted with fumbling for something in the car, talking on the cell phone or even texting. We fail to get work done because we’re distracted by something more interesting or demanding. We forget what we were going to say or do because we got distracted. When we’re not attentive to each other we point out, “You seem distracted.”
Because God doesn’t impose Himself on us (He certainly could if He wanted to!) we can easily be distracted from thinking about Him or relating to Him. And we’re not particular about what distracts us from God either! It can be the good, the bad, or the ugly. Francis Chan warns that “A relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions, or commitments are piled on top of it.” Crazy Love, p. 67) Chan then quotes David Goetz. “Too much of the good life ends up being toxic, deforming us spiritually.” (p. 67) We can get too much of a good thing unless the good thing is God! The good is the enemy of the best (and the best is God).
I’m an amateur magician (barely). One of a magician’s techniques is to distract you from seeing what He doesn’t want you to see so that you believe the illusion he wants you to see! The magician Satan distracts us from seeing what He doesn’t want us to see so that we believe the illusion he wants us to see.
Yes, we have places to go, people to see, and things to do. But while all of this is going on we can have a continual awareness of God, a sense of His perpetual direction and help, and have an ongoing conversation with Him. Let’s practice His presence!
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.” (Psalm 73:23)