Lately I have been using “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young as my morning reading. Today’s reading includes the following: “Many Christians are defeated by focusing mainly on less important things - the news, weather, economy, loved one’s problems, their own problems, and so on. Granted, in this world you will have troubles, but don’t let troubles become your primary focus. Remind yourself that I am with you and I have overcome the world. I am nearer than the air you breathe yet I am infinite God.”
Too many things compete for our attention in this world today, and way too often we do focus on the sensationalism spewed out by our ‘news’ outlets. It’s too easy to shake our heads and allow our blood pressure to rise at the atrocities inflicted upon one another and pronounce judgments on others for their actions or beliefs or whatever captures our imagination.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be held accountable for things they do or say, but we all too often allow ‘Satan’ to draw us away from focus on God’s goodness to an evil self-righteousness that only hurts ourselves more than others. We forget that God does not want our anger. He wants our compassion. Micah 6:8 says, “What does God require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” So I offer up the following prayer for the people of God:
Come, Lord Jesus! Be our guide and our focus. Help us to find your way amid the maze of false paths laid out by those who would draw us away from your loving presence. Send your Holy Spirit as our guide and your holy angels as our protection. Amen.