“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.”
In this day and age, distractions are very easy to come by. Distractions may be voluntary or involuntary. When life gets us down, we find something to distract the mind from thinking about how things are going. We find things to distract us when we don’t want to do something that may be too challenging, difficult, or something we just simply don’t want to do. Work, finances, people and life in general can all distract us from the path that God wants us to walk down. David understood the dangers of distractions. He rights, “Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” (Psalm 119:37) Worthless distractions come across as being just a part of who we are and what we need to do. As distractions consume more of our time, often the first thing to go is our time with God. We suddenly don’t have time to read the Bible or pray as often as we did, and eventually it disappears all together. As much as you may feel that devoting more time to the distraction will help fix the problem, the burdens of life only become heavier. It can feel like Christ has walked away from you and left you to carry your load, when in fact it is us who have walked away from Him. When we turn from our distraction and draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8). Ask Christ today to help keep your eyes focused on Him and away from the things that distract you from your walk. If you stay focused on Him, the difficult things suddenly become easier and the burden becomes lighter (Matthew 11:28).