Distractions — Enemy To The Genuine Truth

We live in a modern world filled with distractions of all types. There are many things devised to capture the mind: get-rich schemes, entertainment, game playing, politics, talk radio, movies, television, blogs, etc. The human mind is similar to a drunk monkey looking for the ultimate banana. Once the mind is captured by a distraction, it usually ignores what it was previously paying attention to. It may or may not return again to what it had originally focused on.

“…where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21). What we treasure most will become the focus of our attention.

Bible FAQ

“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon: and, behold, a greater than Solomon [is] here” (Luke 11:31).

The queen of Sheba heard about Solomon and his wisdom and went to see him to see if it was true that he was the wisest man. She found he was indeed the wisest man (1 Kings 10:1-9).

The comparison made by Christ was that he (Christ) was infinitely wiser than Solomon. Yet the crowds of people, for the most part, had no true appreciation of that.

The same is true today. Christ is the living Word of God (John 1:1). The Bible is the written Word of God. In the pages of the Bible we have a wealth of knowledge that originates from wisdom that is infinite. But generally humans, for the most part, set Bible reading as a low priority. There are computer programs and Internet links that can search and translate the various Greek texts on which the English New Testament is based. The same can be done with the Hebrew of the Old Testament. There are programs and concordances that show how specific original language words are used throughout scripture. There has never been an age in which this knowledge, in detail, was at the fingertips of humans until now. And most people have no appreciation of it. Most would like to play video games, go to a ball game, or involve themselves in some modern form of entertainment. There is nothing wrong with entertainment but it can, at times, interfere with our spiritual growth.

There are two things that generally cause a major focus away from God: an evil heart of unbelief and a heart hardened through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:12-13). Scripture contains the knowledge we need. To transform it into wisdom, all we need do is ask.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not…” (James 1:5).

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Wily Elder, CBA

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