Do You remember the first time you were in love? Hands in your pockets kicking at invisible rocks as you were waiting for the one who was keeping you tongue tied.
You spent every last second you could with your new love and spared no expense to see they were happy. You searched out what they liked and didn’t like and adjusted your behavior accordingly. You went where they liked to go even if it wasn’t your favorite hangout. Your relationship received a regular checkup to make sure you were continuing down a path that pleased the one you love.
Suddenly someone else’s pleasure became your own.
It was like that when you first met Jesus. You couldn’t get enough and hour upon hour was spent devouring the Bible and in prayer so your behavior would please God.
Then slowly almost without notice the once brightly flaming relationship starts to flicker and slowly burns dimmer and dimmer until it cannot be seen.
Satan uses many trials, temptations and distractions to throw us off track. Money, social media, our relationships, our work, our hobbies. You get the picture.
It doesn’t take catastrophic events to lose your focus on God. All it takes is life. I know it is a constant struggle to keep our eyes focused on God. It’s tough not to become distracted by things of this world. Become aware of what interferes with your flame for God and take the necessary measures to keep your candle burning.
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;2
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new mevery morning;
ngreat is your faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
therefore I will hope in him.”