Satan has a powerful tool to use against humanity. It’s called distraction. He will have us fill our lives with so many “comfortable” things, that we have no more room for the things that truly matter.
None of us lived a few hundred years ago, but imagine a time when there weren’t all of the distractions that we have today. The other day I asked some of my students to imagine a life without the internet, without phones and without television. They couldn’t. To most of them, life without those things would be unbelievably boring. “What on Earth would we do all day?” they asked.
We can take it even a step further and imagine a time before electricity; a time when all we had to do was read and talk and spend hours together with other family members and friends. Imagine a time before modern medicine when resilience and a strong immune system was all we had to survive. Imagine a time when we had more time for the things that really mattered.
But what we have done, was to make unimportant things, the most important thing in our lives. Satan has succeeded in getting us to stare at little screens for hours every day. He has perfected the art of distracting us. And the crazy thing is, that we are worshipping material things that we, ourselves, have created. Below is an extract from Isaiah 40:
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
to set up an idol that will not topple.
And that’s exactly what we have done. You see, Satan might have a plan to distract us, but he can only achieve that if we allow him to. And boy… have we allowed him to! It’s time to reclaim our lives. It’s time that we stop allowing our own creations to rule over us. It’s time to devote our lives and our time to what really matters. In fact, it’s not a “what”, it’s Who. God is the One who deserves all our time, because every second we have, is because of Him.
So let’s start today by ignoring those distractions. Let’s ignore them and stop ignoring the One who has given it all for us.
Have a wonderful day!