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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Dangerous Distractions"

February 26, 2006

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Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. Luke 10:40

It is easy to become distracted while driving. We get involved in a conversation; something beside the road catches our eye, the car phone rings. Distractions can lead to serious accidents.

On the journey of life there is much to distract us from focusing on our Lord and His Word. In our text Martha was distracted, showing hospitality toward Jesus instead of listening to His message. Distractions can stand in the way of a close relationship with Jesus. The devil entices us to place a higher priority on business or social activities than on spiritual health.

Few Christians wake up one morning and decide to abandon their faith. Falling away from God more often is a gradual process. Each time we skip a worship service or neglect our daily devotions or prayer life makes it easier to miss them again and again until God ceases to be meaningful at all.

Although we too easily become distracted from God on our journey, God always rejoices when we repent. He is ready and eager to welcome us back. He sent His Son to suffer and die for us to bring us back to Him. Keep focused on Jesus and He in turn will rivet your focus on the God who loves us and helps us to fight off all that would distract us from Him.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me keep my focus on You and Your Word. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 6-7    Mark 6:1-29

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