God’s Word Says….
Acts 19:39-41 (NCV)
39 If there is something else you want to talk about, it can be decided at the regular town meeting of the people. 40 I say this because some people might see this trouble today and say that we are rioting. We could not explain this, because there is no real reason for this meeting.” 41 After the city clerk said these things, he told the people to go home.
I read through this passage today and thought that there were no takeaways for me. However, as I reflected on what was really taking place in Acts 19 I believe that God made it clear to me that distractions will often disrupt the meat of what God is placing before us to feed our souls. I recently took a trip, and the morning I that I was leaving I awoke early so I could have my time with God. My mind was so diluted and distracted with all of the planning for the day that I just couldn’t settle down to properly study the Word. As part of leadership in a local church, I remember that every time we began preparing our hearts and the church body for revival services, Satan would barge in and disrupt the work of the Holy Spirit with hopes that our people would be so distracted that it would be virtually impossible to receive true revival from God. Based on what the city clerk said to the people in verses 35-41, it is evident that Demetrius and his gang had no real case to present Paul before the people of Ephesus for any type of action, so Satan was using this as a distraction to Paul’s continued efforts to reach the people for Christ.
Friends, we must be constantly on guard for these types of distractions in our personal lives, and in the life of our churches. It would be extremely challenging for us to stand before Jesus with lame excuses about how our opportunities to teach a lesson from the Word, or preach the Gospel was interrupted or distracted by some of the simple things that we allow to occur in our Bible teaching classrooms or our churches. Imagine being questioned by God about a lost one who waited for you to share the love of Christ with them, but instead you were too distracted by the television, or by the gossip that arose. Wouldn’t that be sad? But we must realize that it would then be too late to do anything about the problem. So our challenge, is to stay on target with teaching, preaching and witnessing. Let’s ask God to get our attention when He sees distractions interfering with His mission for us, so that we may stay focused and determined to do God’s work, and that He might be glorified through souls being won to Him. So many of us never find time for study of the Word of God. We must acknowledge that it is not a matter of finding time to be alone with God, but rather the lack of priority on our part. We can do anything we set as a priority in our lives, so it’s up to us!!
In the name of the one true God, my Lord and Savior, may I please ask that You work in my life to steer me away from distractions that cause me to lose focus on the study of God’s Word. May I also be wise enough and humble to listen to Your voice and bold enough to help stop distractions. It is way too important to stop a soul from going to Hell than any conflict that might cause a distraction. Please speak to the hearts of those who might identify with me and my interpretation of the events in this passage. May we, together, seek to do a better job in our lives today is my humble and respectful prayer to You, My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; for it is in Your name alone that I ask all this, AMEN!
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