Distracted Focus

Exodus 32:1
“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.”

When plowing a field, it is important for the person plowing to keep their eyes focused straight ahead if they want to plow straight furrows. When I was a boy, I lived in an agricultural area, and it was not uncommon to drive down the road and see the fields being prepared for planting. It always amazed me to see how straight the furrows were in every field. The reason they were straight was because the person who plowed the fields kept their focus right.

Lamentations 3:51 says, “Mine eye affecteth mine heart…” You can’t help but do what you allow your eyes to see. The children of Israel ended up worshipping a golden calf because they allowed themselves to get distracted which caused them to have a wrong focus. Many believers have made the same mistake of getting distracted which caused them to have a wrong focus. In this story of the golden calf, there are several distracting focuses revealed that the believer must beware of so that they don’t end up in sin.

First, being sight focused instead of being faith focused always leads to fleshly living and sin. The verse above says, “And when the people saw…” When you start living by feeling instead of by faith, you will find yourself walking by sight instead of by faith which always leads to sin.

Second, being man-focused always takes your focus off God. These people said, “…as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt…” Moses didn’t bring them out of Egypt, but God did. These people took their eyes off God which led to sin. When you start following a man instead of God, you will always go astray when that man is no longer in sight. You can never lose sight of God when you focus on Him because He will always be in sight of the believer who is focused on Him.

Third, sitting down instead of standing up to work always leads to sin. Verse 6 says, “…and the people sat down…” When you start laying aside your duties at church, you will quickly start finding sinful ways to stay occupied. One of the easiest ways to stay away from sin is to stay busy serving the LORD so that the flesh doesn’t find opportunities to fulfill its lusts. The lazy believer is often a sin-filled believer. You should stay busy serving the LORD so that you won’t have time to fulfill the lust of your flesh.

Fourth, pleasure-seeking believers always find themselves making the wrong decisions. The people sat down “to eat and to drink.” There is nothing wrong with eating and drinking, but they were seeking a pleasure-filled life instead of seeking God’s approval. When you seek pleasure in all that you do, you will find yourself feeding the flesh which always leads to sin and God’s disapproval of your life.

Fifth, playing instead of praying always leads to an entertainment-focused believer. My friend, serving the LORD isn’t always fun, but it is always right. If you make prayer your focus, you will never be lured by the play and entertainment based religion that leads to sin. Prayer always keeps the believer close to God and away from sin.

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