One of the enemy’s most effective war tactics. Distractions provide a false reality. Distractions lie to you. Distractions keep you detached and unaligned with the will and purpose of God.
A distraction is defined as:
- a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else.
- extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.
The news and social media has become the enemy’s playground. Whether it's real news or fake, people are fearful, confused, anxious, angry, depressed, suicidal, just mentally exhausted. This is all in an effort to distract us from what we KNOW about God and His Word and to cause us to neglect who we are in Him and embrace a false identity of ourselves.
Psalm 46:1-3"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah."
Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
Spiritual serenity and peace, the psalmist admits, ought to be cultivated in spite of the shaking mountains and agitated water.
“Be still” comes from the Hebrew word raphah , which means to let drop, abandon, relax, refrain, forsake, let go, or let alone.
“And know” comes from the Hebrew word yada, which means to perceive, to see or discern, to distinguish, recognize, admit, acknowledge, or confess.
The people of God should be awakened and aware of the signs of the times. Ephesians 6:12-13 tells us, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
However, a major component of that poised position of “standing” is “being still and knowing that He is God.”
In order to be still, we must be willing to abandon, and forsake, and resist those distractions. We must be willing to detach ourselves from the voices of fear, unrest, rage, and chaos that plagues our world, and attach ourself, and fix our eyes on the One who never changes, never fails, who is unshaken and unmoved though the world caves in around us.
Be still in His presence. Be still in His word. Be still and KNOW.
I think about Gideon and his encounter with the angel of the Lord in Judges 6:11-12. "And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour."
Israel was being oppressed by the Midianites, and this is the reason we find Gideon hiding out, threshing wheat by the wine press, instead of the threshing floor.
I imagine he felt a lot like so many today. He felt fearful, angry, defeated, emotionally agitated, DISTRACTED from the reality of an all knowing, all powerful God.
The scripture says the angel sat under an oak tree before appearing before Gideon.
We don’t know if the angel had been sitting there for a long time or a short time but this angel had sought out Gideon before Gideon became aware of the angel’s presence.
Verse 12 says, “the angel of the Lord appeared unto him.”
The meaning for the original Hebrew word for appear is to be seen, become visible, or give attention to.
Something caused Gideon to turn aside from what he was doing and look upon this angel of the Lord.
I believe it was the spirit of the Lord, a still small voice, that nudged him to forsake and abandon what he was doing, refrain from his distraction and behold the angel of the Lord who reminded him that the Lord was with him and called him a mighty man of valour.
The Lord was saying BE STILL and KNOW that I am God. I am with you and you are mighty in and through me. Get in alignment with my plan and my word.
I can’t help but wonder if in the midst of the rage and chaos, God is about to manifest Himself to those who refuse to be distracted, those who choose to turn aside from the madness and look to Him.
Ephesians 1:17-18 "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the KNOWledge of him:The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may KNOW what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,"
Isaiah 43:19 "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not KNOW it?"
Jessica Bridges is a recent transplant to Livingway Pentecostal Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Upon her arrival, Jessica extended her hands to service. She has given Bible studies to young adults, partnered in a women’s small group, and extended prayerful encouragement to ladies churchwide. She continues to obediently follow "wherever God may lead," even when the territory is down the new path of sharing her heart through writing. When Jessica is not volunteering her time to ministry, she is caring for her husband, Chris, and her beautiful little girls, Maya and Sara.