Forsaking Distractions
Jonah 2:8 (NASB)
"Those who regard vain idols forsake their faithfulness"

Idolatry was not just a chronic problem during Old Testament times, it is just as big a problem today, except that the idolatry of today is usually more subtle and sophisticated. There is an insidiousness about it that makes it easy to slip into. How easy it is to neglect prayer and the study of God's word in favor of watching our favorite television programs, or letting some hobby or other activity crowd out time with God. And yes, even doing the “Lord’s work” can take Christians away from quality time with the Lord and His word. These are examples of modern-day idolatry.

The prophet Jonah understood that forsaking God’s will for one’s life and letting vain idols become the focus of attention instead of complete devotion to God causes one to embark on the road of spiritual unfaithfulness. This is a lesson all Christians today can take to heart.

Let us not be distracted by the things and cares of this world and so lessen our devotion to God and miss out on the privileges we have as His children, like fellowship and the peace that only He can give. Let us keep our sights on what is above rather than be preoccupied with earthly things. For earthly things are transitory. They will pass away, being as worthless as idols. Remain faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ!

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