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November 8, 2019 | Taylor Brown

Often in my life, it can be easy for my attention to be diverted onto something other than God. Something as simple as a video game or exercising can be a distraction in my life. A few weeks ago, a big video game, Fortnite, had an update, and the whole game was shut down with a black hole on the screen. For two full days, this black hole stayed on the screen, and you could not do anything if you tried to get into play Fortnite. Forty million people were reported watching this black hole on YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter. For two days, this consumed my time. I like the video game, but it is not my life. I could not take my eyes off the screen. I wanted to know what was happening next. The whole world wanted to know what was going to happen to the most popular video game. It was easy to lose focus for two days on a distraction like that. Life throws many things our way to get us to lose sight of our relationship with God. God wants our full attention. He is not one that only wants part of our attention. It can be easy to walk through life with these distractions and forget about our relationship with God. My favorite verse in scripture that has been challenging me is Deuteronomy 4:24, “For the Lord, your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” What this verse has been challenging me with is the fact that we have a God that desperately wants our attention. We have a God that is not going to settle for anything less than for us to be fully engaged with him. We have to see as well that God deserves our full attention. God has created everything. God has given us everything. Yet, we get distracted with too many things in our lives, and God becomes jealous. The first commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” This relates to this verse in Deuteronomy because God gets jealous when you put other gods before Him. We all need to see that God is the ultimate fulfillment in our lives and will always leave us satisfied more than anything that tries to distract us from this relationship. What distractions are pulling your attention away from God? Our God is a jealous God. He wants our full attention, and we need to give it to him!