There are just two Sundays left in 2014. And as the year closes, so does this feature at the blog. It seems as though it has run it's course. So two more Sunday's Comin' posts (though I of course may resurrect it if I choose).
Are you ever distracted when you come on the Lord's Day to worship? You're not alone. It was a struggle even back in the days of Thomas Watson. Below are some of his thoughts on distraction.
It is said of Bernard, that when he came to the church-door, he would say, 'Stay here all my earthly thoughts.' So should we say to ourselves, when we are at the door of God's house, 'Stay here all my worldly cares and wandering cogitations; I am now going to hear what the Lord will say to me.' Distraction hinders devotion. The mind is tossed with vain thoughts, and diverted from the business in hand...How often in hearing the word, the thoughts dance up and down; and, when the eye is upon the minister, the mind is upon other things. Distracted hearing is far from sanctifying the Sabbath. (Watson, The Ten Commandments, 107).
So, what do do about distraction so that we can worship God on his day as we ought? Come back next week for the last installment! For now, we will do well to seek to leave our "worldly cares and wandering cogitations" at the door when we enter.
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