What is it that distracts you? I am distracted by many things. I wander around the house. I wander around the internet. I wander around social media. I change the channel. Sometimes it is challenging to set myself on a productive path. I have wasted so much time. How about you? Can you relate?
Psalm 119:33-40 (CSB)
33 Teach me, Lord, the meaning of your statutes,
and I will always keep them.
34 Help me understand your instruction,
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.
35 Help me stay on the path of your commands,
for I take pleasure in it.
36 Turn my heart to your decrees
and not to dishonest profit.
37 Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;
give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm what you said to your servant,
for it produces reverence for you.
39 Turn away the disgrace I dread;
indeed, your judgments are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
Give me life through your righteousness.
The psalmist asks God to turn his eyes from looking at what is worthless. Do you ever wonder what we could discover and accomplish if we didn't have television or the internet? Certainly, people in earlier times discovered things by tinkering in the basement. They didn't have all the diversions. Of course, we benefit from the ease of an electrified life…you know; light, appliances, transportation. However, as we have decreased the amount of time we must labor, we have invented all sorts of meaningless entertainment. We could spend less time on these entertaining pursuits and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. Unfortunately, we rarely take advantage of this extra time and ease. The pull of all the "screens" we have available is very strong. We fail to engage in real things as often as we could. We fail to engage with God and His work because we have so many meaningless distractions. I am challenged by this passage to pay attention to things of worth more often. How about you?
Will you pray this stanza of Psalm 119 as a prayer today?