Have you ever made a point to watch the weather forecast and then not remember what was said? Either you forgot what it was or you got distracted with something else while it was on.
There is so much going on which causes us to lose focus. We lose focus even on things that are helpful and affect us. Things we are interested in and need to know sometimes take a back-seat to other topics of discussion or events that pull us away. We often have to force ourselves to pay attention and make a concentrated effort to focus on the event or task at hand.
We can often find a similar lack of focus apparent in our spiritual life. As we attempt to pay attention to the things of the Lord, we forget what we’ve read or we get distracted. Bible reading and prayer create opportunity for distractions to arise. We must be diligent to “mind” or pay attention to God.
We see over and over in the Bible, especially common in the book of Proverbs, the admonition to be attentive to what is being said. We are told to “mind” the things of God. Proverbs 3 tells us to keep the things of God close to us. We should bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart. In other words, pay attention to the things of God. Keep the things of God on your mind and in your attention.
Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us to:
- Trust God.
- Don’t trust our own way.
- Pay attention to God.
The promise we are given as we seek to live out heeding this instruction is very beneficial. We are told God will direct our paths. He will make sure we go on the right way.
May we allow the Spirit of God to work self-control in us to keep us focused and “Mind”-ing God.
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. ~ 2 Peter 1:19