So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.” Mark 11:22
The athletes who compete in the Olympics are extremely focused individuals. As much as they may enjoy the surrounding festivities and things to do, they have to retain their sharp mental edge. During practice sessions, they run through performances in their minds, continually rehearsing the principles and concepts of movement they have spent so much time absorbing.
They even have to block out the screaming of the enthusiastic spectators as their moments in the spotlight begin. Why? Losing focus can mean the death of their dream; any distraction can make them miss a step.
God calls you, as a believer, to the same intensity of focus in spiritual matters. In addition to renewing your mind in God’s Word and training it to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), you are instructed to remain vigilant: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NASB).
In other words, there is not a “safe” moment when you can drop your guard. That does not mean you must be overly watchful; you’re also told not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6-7). The Lord wants your full attention all the time. When your focus is fixed on Him, He will build your faith during the difficult times.
Dear Lord, fix my focus on You. Strengthens my faith during the difficult times.