Make the work harder for the men so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies. ~ Exodus 5:9
Has it ever happened to you that while you are waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled, the enemy attacked you again and again trying to distract you with pain—physical, mental, emotional, financial, etc.—so that you’d take your eyes off the promise and begin to focus solely on the pain you’re currently enduring? These past several weeks, I’ve been dealing off and on with physical pain. My husband and my friends have been very good about reminding me that these are just attacks from the enemy and he’s only attacking me to distract me from all the promises God has made to me.
It’s easy to get distracted and think that it’s not going to come true. But Jesus warns us not to get distracted and lose focus. Jesus told the story of the servant who gave up waiting and began doing things against his master’s will. Jesus said that the master “will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of,” and will not reward the servant, (Matthew 24:48-49). The enemy knows how the story ends and he wants to distract us. Just as Pharaoh, upon hearing that Moses was sent with the message to let God’s people go, increased the pain of the Israelites, the enemy will try to increase our pain to distract us so we will have no time to focus on God’s promises.
My prayer is that I will keep God’s promises ever before me, no matter what the enemy tries to throw at me so that I will not lose focus, but will keep my eyes on the prize.