My husband and I have been challenged by finances recently. And we both started to get so caught up in the debt and the bills and the lack that our focus had gotten off of what is needs to be on- God.
When something like this happens I call it a “distraction” and it can be anything that takes your time, energy and focus off of the Lord. Although I do not like to give the evil one much credit for anything, he really tries to trip us up with “distracting” us.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 NLT
With anything, the more you focus on it- the more you get of it. The more my husband and I focused on the idea that we don’t have enough money- we didn’t have enough money. Worrying didn’t help it or change it. It DID stress us out, sap our energy and frustrate us taking us away from God and what he DID want us to focus on.
There is GOOD NEWS!
We have a choice. The more we become aware of being “distracted” the more we can choose refocus our eyes on The Lord.
“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:2 NLT
A “distraction” can be an offense, an obsession, anything that you notice you are focusing a lot of your time on and talking a lot about- repeating the same thing over and over. The interesting thing is the evil one wants you to focus on the problem or imagined problem and The Lord wants you to focus on the solution. Remember, the more you focus on something the more you create it.
Focus on problem- get more problem. Focus on solution- get more solution.
Focus on misery- get more misery. Focus on Father God and Love- get more Father God and Love.
Interestingly enough, when my husband and I realized how “distracted” we were, focusing on our “lack” of money, we realized that we could be focusing on things we feel The Lord has impressed upon us to do. For instance, my husband began reworking his resume and applying for new jobs and I resumed focus on my ministry, business and walk with The Lord. We refuse to let our current circumstances dictate our future! Yes, and Amen!