“When Jesus caught sight of the city, he burst into tears with uncontrollable weeping over Jerusalem, saying, ‘If only you could recognize that this day peace is within your reach! But you cannot see it…Since you would not recognize God’s day of visitation.’”
Luke 19:41-42, 44 (TPT)
The Lord wept uncontrollably over people that He loved and came for as they rejected Him and the peace He brought for them. They were preoccupied with life; therefore, they missed out on their hour of divine visitation. If the enemy can’t stop you, he will try and distract you. Jesus wept uncontrollable tears (the only other time in scripture is in John 11:35) because the people He so loved were so close in physical vicinity, but yet so far away from Him in their hearts. In their saying yes to distraction, they were saying no to the divine peace that emanates from their daily visitation from the Lord.
In life, the wrong thing will usually distract you from the right thing. Many are trying to make time for their devotional life with God but things like social media are pulling at them daily. And they miss their visitation. Easy access to our phones and texting is causing many to rush and reach out to others when they’re having a hard time, and yet never go to the Lord to inquire in prayer. The cultural values of this world have seeped into the house of God making church attendance and worship an option, not a priority. And if they are in church, they’re on social media during the message or they’re checking the score of the football game.
The current of distraction will get many to miss their hour of visitation. It’s a trap of the enemy. Distraction is not always from bad things, sometimes they are from good and innocent things: hobbies, associations, leisure activities or family. They seem harmless but can distract us and interfere with our hour of visitation.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
If we are going to Conquer and walk in God’s best, we need to regain our focus. And focus comes by eliminating distraction. Focus is giving way to the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus. His Word and His ways daily. Daily time in the Word, in prayer and fellowship.
Surround yourself with people who will help you prepare for your hour of visitation. Get in Life Group, Life Class and Destiny Training as this all helps you to stay focused. Serve in Team Church and help other people receive their hour of visitation.
Someone once said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” If we are to conquer in life, Jesus needs to always be the main thing. No distraction means staying focused on the Lord always. Protect your hour of visitation.
The noise of the world will try to keep many from hearing the voice of the Lord. The noise of the world is drowning out the voice of the Holy Spirit and many are walking around without the peace and assurance that comes from the Lord. Decide today, “Me and my house will serve the Lord!” You will stay focused and not miss you hour of visitation. (Pastor Fika Esau)
“I will not miss my hour of visitation. I am focused and give my attention to the Word of God always. I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd always and I follow Him. I choose not to be distracted. I am not distracted, and I will conquer in life through my daily visitation.”
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: Jeremiah 30-31; Ecclesiastes 9
- New Testament: John 4:15-26; James 5:13-20