Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

I have noticed of late my behavior of late, that I bow my head in church often. I do it instinctively but I have come to an understanding of why a little better now. We need not eyes to see. The human eye can be and often is a worldly distraction from things spiritual.

We look at people and wonder. When you care about people you tend to think odd things, perhaps not so odd. He’s looking thin and tired. She is in pain again. Is that a new shirt? Is he trying to grow a beard? What is he looking at over there? That wry smile, something funny happened, what did I miss?

Closing my eyes quiets my mind from things that are distracting me from the message and what God might be doing in the moment. Ignoring God when He is trying to tell you something is one form of vexing the spirit. Putting your eyes to no good use is a form of vanity, it does not produce anything godly.

Understand this is me and the way I am. I cannot speak for anyone else but myself. Do you have to do what I do? Of course not. But if you are having trouble hearing God, what are you doing to help kill the background clutter that is distracting you from hearing? Being in your prayer closet has nothing to do with a room or a door. It is a way of shutting out distractions.

Psalm 46:10a Be still and know that I am God…

That has nothing to do with body movement, but rather the quieted mind.


2 thoughts on “Vexing”

  1. Another excellent posting, Larry. I guess I assumed you were praying when I saw you with your eyes closed…oops, what was I doing being distracted by you?
    To me, this was one of your better blogs. Thanks.

  2. Methinks it’s best to let the Lord do the judging of what’s happening around us. We’d be better off being distracted [read: attracted] by what God is trying to do in our lives.

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