Searching for—and finding—satisfaction in God, instead of in online diversions, is simple, really. We must choose to close the laptop or shut off the smart phone, and we must choose to daily seek God through prayer and His Word.
Just like Mary. She “sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his teaching.” In Jesus’ own words, “Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:39, 42, emphasis mine).
Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet by deliberately ignoring distractions, even good ones like serving! Martha on the other hand was busy and anxious. Today we face distractions of a different sort, but there are so many more, and they are right there with us at the touch of the finger or the click of the mouse, from the moment we wake up until we go to bed. So we must be all the more alert to what may distract us from keeping our daily appointment to sit at Jesus’ feet, from choosing “the one thing that is necessary” (Lk 10:41).
I’ve shared this before, but a while back, I found that the Internet was becoming a big distraction first thing in the morning. I was using the five minutes it took for my coffee to brew each morning to quickly check email, or headline news, or maybe a blog or two, before starting my devotions. I’d check a headline and then I just had to read the story; or I’d check a blog I enjoy, and I just had to check out the link they recommended, or I’d get caught up not just looking at my email, but answering it.
Before I knew it, five minutes would turn into twenty minutes and then my quiet time would be cut short.
So, I knew I needed to make a choice. I had to choose to say “no” to this distraction! I resolved to not look at email or blogs or headline news until after my time of Bible study and prayer. It may be a small thing but it has made a big difference.
Whatever it takes, let’s be ruthless about not allowing anything to distract us from seeking God through His Word and prayer. We need to choose to sit at Jesus’ feet and find our satisfaction in God alone.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (90:14).