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Ron Writes

Where is your focus?

A man had a dog that was trained for bear hunting. He took the dog out and soon he had the scent of a bear and off he went. However, it wasn’t long until he came to a point where a deer had crossed his path and the dog began to pursue the deer. Pretty soon, a rabbit crossed the path and the dog went after the rabbit. The last time they saw the dog he was barking down a rat hole. Have you ever gotten distracted?

Jesus told “the parable of the sower.” In his explanation for why some are lost, he said “but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mk. 4:19). People get distracted. Life is filled with distractions. In Jesus’ story they were so distracted that they lost sight of God.

You could say 10 of the spies sent to investigate Canaan got distracted. They saw that the people were strong and the cities were large with walls. They were so distracted by the giants in the land, they lost sight of God. They said, “We can’t attack those people! They’re too strong for us” (Num. 13:31)!

In contrast to the ten, were Joshua and Caleb. They said, “….don’t be afraid of the people of the land. We will devour them like bread. They have no protection, and the Lord is with us. So don’t be afraid of them” (Num. 14:9). Rather than seeing the obstacles, they focused on God. They trusted in Him.

There will always be obstacles. Problems abound. We can grumble and complain as they did in the wilderness or we can focus on God. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (Prov. 3:5). The Hebrews warning is appropriate, “take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart” (Heb. 3:12). Keep your heart and focus on God! Trust in Him!