In Daniel 6, King Darius is duped by his officials into sending one of his most trusted, Daniel, to the lions. And upon doing so, this is what the king does: “The king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.” (Daniel 6:18)
Now I want to make a point here, that is an aside—it’s not the main idea of what is going on in this chapter, but it needs to be said anyway. I want you to notice that no diversions were brought to the king; he kept his focus upon that which was most important.
We live in an age of total distraction. At any moment of the day your mind is inundated with television and cell phone calls and internet updates and people stopping by, and children or pets or whatever you have demanding your attention. And you’re perhaps distracted to the point that you don’t focus upon the things of God. My friend, you need to know when to turn those distractions off. I’m not saying that you don’t take care of your kids or pets, or whatever. I’m not saying that you have to totally unplug. This is not a call to be Amish. But it is a call for you to not be driven by distraction. You need to know when to unplug; you need to know when to focus your attention upon God. Pray, fast, read the Bible, meditate on Scripture—do anything other than be driven by diversions that will sap your strength, and your will, and your need to do what God would have you do.
Where does your hope lie? Are you so distracted that hope is not thought of? This is the Age of Distraction. There is so much vying for your lost neighbor’s attention that he is unaware of their need for God, outside a moment of crisis. You are not immune, either. What can you do to slow down and hear from, and seek God and His will. My fear for those in the church is not their lack of desire for the things of God, but their distractedness by everything else. Satan will lead you down a primrose path of a satiated, carnal appetite of pleasure and useless time wasting to keep you from being effective. Pray, fast, read, and know God, rather than be distracted or diverted.