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In Touch - June 26, 2006

  • 2006 Jun 26

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Monday June 26, 2006

Dealing With Distractions

Nehemiah 1:1-2:20


When Nehemiah was cupbearer to the king, his heart was deeply stirred over the Israelites’ plight in Jerusalem and the condition of their city. With the king’s permission, he set out to rebuild Jerusalem. He encountered numerous obstacles but refused to let them distract him from the task. From his example, we learn the importance of . . .


Being in the center of God’s will. When Nehemiah cried out to God about his brothers in Jerusalem and the disreputable state of the city, the Lord showed him exactly what to do. God also caused the king to be favorably disposed toward the request and to provide everything needed. Knowing we are where God wants us to be will give us confidence to move through trials without being sidetracked.


Remembering what the goal is. Nehemiah knew that the Lord’s priority for him was to rebuild the city. God has planned things for us to do, too, and His work is always of great value. We are not to underestimate our part in it, no matter how small it seems to us.


Accomplishing each task. Following every crisis, Nehemiah returned to the task at hand. By remembering the Lord’s goal, we will stay in our God-appointed place, carry out each step, and not get off course.


Accurately identifying our distractions. Those who seek to interrupt our work, divertour attention, or attack us personally are notfrom God. With the Father’s help, Nehemiahrecognized whom to heed and whom to ignore.


For the most part, distractions predominantly originate outside of ourselves. Who or what usually distracts you?

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