Friday – Do Not Be Distracted

By Paul Collier

”I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” Nehemiah 6:3

Those who are working for God and motivating others to work for God will be targeted by the enemy. The enemy knows that if we can be distracted, we eventually can be defeated.

Distractions can come in the form of discouragement, preoccupation with less important tasks and believing lies, just to name a few. It boils down to “taking our eyes off Jesus.” The key is to be convinced that your God-given task needs to be accomplished, no matter what is thrown at us.

Nehemiah had that kind of conviction. The schemes of the men in chapter 6 were relentless. No distraction would thwart his conviction to finish the wall and more importantly to lead what would be going on inside the city. How many people have begun God’s calling and became distracted? I hate to think how many there are!

My wife and I were young and newbies as we settled down in Paraguay. We were very idealistic. We had in our mind great unity among godly missionaries. Right? Unfortunately, it did not take long for that bubble to burst.

I was surprised by one missionary’s joking. It was not what I expected. We also began seeing division and strife between a few missionaries. Discouragement crept in and we even thought about leaving. We hadn’t even been in the country six months. I remember sitting in my tiny office, having a pity party. I heard a plane overhead and I wanted to be raptured on that flight! To make matters worse, the joke-telling missionary was whisked off the field in a weekend for sin issues.

Do you know what God did? He refreshed our vision for the ministry. He gave us wonderful Paraguayan friends and a missionary couple who encouraged us every day. To God be the glory! We would have missed out on so many blessings if we had succumbed to the distractions.

Nehemiah kept his eye on the task God had given him, and many were blessed by the important decision.

Friends. may we all heed Hebrews 12:2, “and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. LOOKING TO JESUS.” May we experience the abundant blessings of finishing the task God has placed before us.

Bible Reading Plan - Day 5

Exodus 19:1-20:21;

Ps 83:7–18

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