The cares of life are distractions that occur on a daily basis. They take up our time and prevent us from focusing on the Lord. Rather than concentrate on lack or stressors, we must determine to concentrate on the provider of all things, Jehovah Jireh. He is our provision and source. We should be careful not to get mired down in the day-to-day worries and stresses of life, as well. When we place undo attention on the circumstances of life, we lose focus of our relationship with the Lord.
The enemy of our soul likes nothing more than keep us focused on lack, slights, wounds of the heart, brokenness, even aches and pains in our bodies rather than on the Lord. Now don’t get me wrong, these situations are real and they are serious, but we must be careful to make sure our focus remain on our Deliverer, our Healer and our Provider. Offenses and trials of life will come, but Jesus will never leave us, forsake us or fail us. So, we must not allow doubt, unbelief, unforgiveness and anger to become stumbling blocks in our relationship with the Lord.
I am reminded of what the psalmist said in Psalm 51. You see, David had committed adultery and he was repentant and crying out for a renewal of his lost relationship with God. Now, we may not have committed adultery, but the little foxes of the day-to-day trials and distractions can wreak havoc on our relationship with the Lord. And when they are allowed to fester, those little foxes can spoil the vine and damaged the fruit. The fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control then become diminished in our lives. (Galatians 5::22-23) Mark 4:19 states that those worries of life can choke out the Word and making it unfruitful.
So, I cry out to the Lord, my friends, as the psalmist did in Psalm 51:20-12. I do it—I cry out in repentance, and I ask for renewal for erroneously placing my focus on other things instead of Jesus. Like David, I ask the Lord to:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit
So, what about you, my friends? Are you too distracted with the cares of life? If you are, repent and seek renewal and restoration.
Lamentations 5:21 Restore us to You , O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old, . . .
Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.