“If we are not careful we will spend our days chasing mice, while the devil is devouring the land.” Leonard Ravenhill
I have found it so easy at times to lose focus on my priorities because of the urgent demands for my time that come my way in the course of a day. We do face so many battles in this lifetime and with those battles it is easy for us to become sidetracked and discouraged. In 2 Corinthians 7:5-6, the Apostle Paul talks of the battles we face daily when he declares:
“When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. But God, who encourages those who are discouraged...”
I love the phrase in verse 6 that says even though we face difficulties that sidetrack and discourage us we must remember that “God encourages those who are discouraged.” These verses remind me to keep my focus on God during difficult times so that I will not lose my focus on what He has for me to do daily. It is also great to be reminded that God stands ready to encourage me at the most discouraging times of my life when the battles are fierce and I am searching to regain my focus.
In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul goes on to provide great direction regarding our focus. Those verses state:
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
The more I read this verse the more I am reminded that this needs to be my daily prayer that I would focus on moving beyond the past and things that sidetrack and focus on fulfilling the calling that God has placed on my life. I recognize that I am human and many times I forget and allow myself to be drawn into things that rob me of focus and ultimately discourage me.
However, God has used these verses in recent days to encourage me and make me more aware of my need to stay focused on Him and His agenda for my life. I pray that these verses will be a blessing to you as well.
I do not want to spend my days as Ravenhill said chasing mice or insignificant matters but instead I want to spend my life focused on making a difference for the Kingdom of God, my family, and others.