Bible Reading: Psalm 119:33-40
“Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Psalm 119:37)
With all the events and problems that happen in our busy lives, living a life fully focused on God is tough. As soon as we wake up, thoughts about our next assignment or our chores flood our minds. When we come to read God’s Word, we struggle to fix our attention on God’s Word, and we let it pass affectionless in our hearts. Then, as we get into our day, little do we remember about God, let alone His Word, which He gave us in the morning. Little do we pray to Him throughout the day and actively try to obey His will in every little thing we do. Instead, we get carried away and distracted with all our earthly duties.
Now, don’t get me wrong, our lives were not created for spiritual meditation alone. We are not called to be isolated from the world in a ‘God and me’ relationship. As Christians, God calls us to love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and to be a light to the whole world. Thus, we must be a witness in and through our worldly affairs.
Nonetheless, we are also called to live out our days in Coram Deo, which means, to live “in the presence of God”. When God calls us to live a life of worship, He calls for our undivided attention. That means, He asks for a whole heart and will that is surrendered to worship Him. Our lives cannot be split and sectioned. We cannot say our mornings belong to God, our afternoons belong to school, and our evenings belong to ourselves. God must be our focus when we study and when we relate to our friends and family.
How do we do this? Only by the grace of God. We ought to pray like the psalmist, “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” There are so many things in our lives that will distract us from God. Yet, we must realise that God is greater and more glorious and more precious than all the worldly things that consume us. Let us focus on what is above and learn to follow Him.
Lord, please help me to focus on You throughout my day. Help me to live my days in Coram Deo and walk with you in all that I do. Help me to focus on my morning devotions. Help me to remember You in my studies. Help me praise You and thank You as I enjoy all Your blessings throughout the day. May You truly be the centre of my life as I learn to walk with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.