Has it ever been easier than now for a believer to become distracted and lose focus on God? If the apostle Paul found himself “greatly distressed” that Athens was “full of idols” (Acts 17:16), what would he think after checking out today’s culture–the internet, TV, movies, DVD’s, video games, radio, faxes, email, cell phones, etc.?
A recent Wall Street Journal article quotes an Internet guru who plugged the word “God” into a popular search engine. He received 600,000 responses—remarkably close to the 775,000 sites listed for “sex.” Yahoo lists 17,000 sites devoted to religion and spirituality, compared with 12,000 about movies.
And these figures are expanding exponentially. We’re only a mouse click away from countless links, Web pages, and chat rooms, that attempt to define God, recast Him into our own image, or explain Him away altogether.
With all this at your fingertips, it’s more important than ever to stay connected to and focused on the true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by things that aren’t true. In other words, hold onto God’s Son for dear life! Even when the distractions of the world are tugging at your sleeve to let go.
“We can tell from our experience that His light is more powerful than the deepest darkness. . . How wonderful that the reality of His presence is greater than the reality of the hell about us. - Betsie ten Boom, to her sister, Corrie (1930-1944)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.