-Turn Away My Eyes

Turn Away My Eyes “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” Psalm 119:37 NKJV Picture FrameWhy is it that we have so little time to devote to the study and meditation of the Scriptures? Do you ever wish for times when life was simpler, when “labor-saving” devices did not demand so much labor, time and attention? Perhaps the biggest hindrance to time alone with God is the multitude of distractions around us.

There’s a story of a young man who had a tower built near the sea with no windows except near the top. When asked why, he declared that he planned to study in this tower, and wanted no distractions – only light! By shutting himself into the tower he was able to concentrate on his studies.

This is a noble thought, and we must take similar action if we are to be undistracted in our “quiet time.” If the normal intrusions of life are not deliberately blocked out, we will be unsuccessful in building a relationship with our Father, who desires to reveal Himself to us personally through the Holy Spirit. The psalmist cried out to the Lord for this help.

“But I’m just too busy,” you say. Or, “There just isn’t time.” If you were to prioritize every hour of your life with a view towards eternity, would you rearrange anything? If you knew you were to pass into eternity in one week, how would you spend your time? Are there “worthless things” in your life from which you would turn away your eyes?

May God give us help and discernment in this day of distractions, that our lives not be spent on temporary pursuits, but on that which produces eternal results. Then we can expect the Lord to revive us in His way, according to His Word, which endures forever. If we do not focus on Him in His Word, we will be hopelessly buried in the “worthless things” of this life.

By Tim Van Ryn

With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA.



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