Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
One of the signs of growth is the ability to stay focused on something. With the growing use of modern day technology and the use of social media, it is believed that the attention span of an average adult is 2 seconds less than that of a goldfish. I found out that the peace of God is the ability to keep your mind focused on Him. This is why the Bible describes Jesus as the “Prince of Peace” because peace is not what you do or an atmosphere, “peace” is someone and his name is Jesus.
Here is what Jesus said.
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
When we read this account about Jesus’ meeting at Mary and Martha’s house, we find out something very interesting. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet gleaning all that she could get while Martha, her sister, was distracted and was overwhelmed by serving those who came by. You may be reading this devotional while trying to juggle other activities, I urge you to take time and focus on these words as they have the power to transform your life. Many have missed Jesus in the emails or their homes. Martha was so closed to Jesus, yet so disconnected from Him.
Luke said Martha was distracted by all the preparations. The Greek work distracted is “periespato” which means to be pulled about. It was like something was pulling her away from Jesus. What is pulling you away from Jesus? What is so big that is pulling you away from His word and His promises for your life?
Martha was distracted and…
distracted people and distract other people.
So she rushed and interrupted the meeting of Jesus and asked why was Jesus not asking her sister to go and help her in the kitchen. I love the response from Jesus. He said she was worried about many things but only few things are needed and Mary had chosen what was good and it will not be taken away from her. Wow!! This is mind-blowing just to read this revelation.
As a believer, you should be careful that you don’t magnify and ant and minimise a mountain.
Jesus said Martha was worried about many things but only few things are needed which she wasn’t even paying attention to – such as the teachings of Jesus.
You may think your financial or health problems are too big, but in the sight of Jesus, they are nothing. On the other hand, you may think that praying and studying the word is of little value, but in the mind of God, these things are huge. I pray that God will give you eyes that see what He sees and ears that hear what He hears.
Jesus goes further to suggest that Mary received something and it was not going to be taken away from her. We thought Mary was just listening to the words of Jesus, but it turned out that Mary was actually receiving something. There was a transaction taking place right under Martha’s “nose” and she was not even paying attention.
I put it to you that as you study these ReadnLive daily devotional, there is a transaction taking place and it is my prayer that you receive from the words of scripture.
The word used for “taken” in this passage is a Greek work called “aphairethEsetai” which means to wrestle. In rugby, players wrestle each other to grab the ball from their hands. As a mini-rugby coach, one of the things we teach rugby players is to hold the ball tight as they run with it so that it is not wrested from them. This is what happens in life. Hold on the word tight and don’t let it go no matter the challenges that you face and it will bear fruits in due season. Satan is not after your finances, your marriage or your health; he is after the word of God in your life.
Father, I trust in you and your word. You have given me eyes that see and ears that hear your word. Disconnect me from everything that is distracting me from your word and the blessings that you have reserved for me. I repent and turn away from areas, relationships and practices that distract me from your word and I stay focused and keep my gaze on your word. I decree and declare that treasures which I have received from you shall not be wrestled away from me in Jesus name, Amen.
By Pastor Ran