“And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction” [1 Corinthians 7:35]

In the valley known as Achor [trouble] there is a subtle enemy one that would thwart your destiny and its name is ‘distraction’.  Living in the comfort zones of the west, slight allurement can go unnoticed until we run into a brick wall and wonder what ‘hit’ us.  Somehow ½ mile back God took a turn, but we didn’t—our thoughts were drifting elsewhere and the curve in the road caught us off guard.

It was in the valley of Achor that Achan an Israelite was distracted by things. “…I spotted a beautiful Shinar robe, two hundred shekels of silver, and a fifty-shekel bar of gold, and I coveted and took them.” [Joshua 7:21 TM]  Being lured by his fleshly eye, Achan held these things back for himself.  His distraction brought deception and destruction to the camp of Joshua.  It cost Achan his life and halted the progress of Israel reaching their destiny.

Don’t be distracted in the valley, the grass is not greener on the other side.  Deliberately set your eyes front and center, keep your eye on the goal and your heart turned to God.  When you fail, do as Joshua did, “Then Joshua…fell to the earth on his face before…the Lord…”

It is in the valley we get distracted and run into trouble, but if or when you do, hear the voice of God say, “Get up!” clean up your act, do the next right thing and keep going.

Further reading:  Joshua 7; The Message