I read a commentary last night that left me fully convicted. It was about 7pm and there I was, sitting on the couch reading the Bible and at times I would pop my head up and see what was happening on the TV, then revert back to what I was reading. My youngest son was watching something on a handheld right beside me. One more TV was left on in the family room. Then there was also the faint sound of a video game being played in the distance.
The commentary was talking about listening for God’s voice and it states, “We don’t have the concentration to meditate on the things of God because we are constantly listening to the TV, turning up the radio, or doing all the talking ourselves.” I can tell you, the TVs were turned off soon after reading that. And then you know what happened? It became peaceful.
Imagine having dinner with a friend and you are telling your friend something very important, something from your heart, words you’ve prepared in advance. Blood, sweat and tears were shed in the preparation of what you are about to say. So you begin to speak, but you feel you don’t have your friend’s full attention. This is validated as they become engaged in a text. You love your friend but they’re not being a great friend right now. How counterproductive they are, in doing their part in growing the relationship.
The moment I read that I realized, I was being that friend.
When reading the word or doing a study, it may be very difficult to cut off all the sounds, especially with kids. But if there is something you can do to reduce distractions, it’s beneficial to go ahead and do it. Today I want to be sure to take time to be with God while in my study, distraction free.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.