Our focus often determines our direction. A person will go the direction that they are looking, and if not… they usually stumble and fall.
I have enjoyed watching all four of my children learn to walk. Madison is beginning to attempt her first steps, and it won’t be long before she is running around like the rest of them. One funny thing that every toddler does when they learn to walk is stare at their parents. They get so excited that they are taking small steps, that they have to look at the smiles and approval of their parents. Usually when children look to the side to see their smiling parents… they lose their balance and fall.
Any running coach will commend their athletes to keep their eyes on the finish line. Don’t look at the runners beside you, don’t look behind you, look straight ahead and do your best. Keep your eyes on the prize. The wisdom is sound, because a runner who distracts themselves with the other runners is doomed to fall or change their performance based on the performance of the other athletes.
The direction you look is the direction you will head… if you get distracted you will fall.
It is sad to see so many kings and leaders of Israel get distracted. Their eyes are purposefully diverted from the Lord, and they begin to pursue selfish ends. Jehoram got his eyes off the Lord, Ahaziah did evil in the sight of the Lord, Athaliah massacred her own family, And Joash killed the godly priest Zechariah. Each of these leaders made poor choices because they allowed their eyes to become more focused on power and position than on the LORD.
Their perspective affected their path, and they sauntered where they set their gaze. Had they got their eyes on the Lord and kept them there, they likely wouldn’t have made such egregious blunders. Joash was a good king, but his assassination wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t got his eyes of the Lord and stones the man of God.
Keep your eyes on Jesus. You will make right choices if you constantly are looking unto Jesus, and consulting Him daily. We end up in trouble when we focus our vision on selfish ambitions and selfish ends.
Make a decision today to do everything in your power to keep your focus on the Lord, the Word of God, and the things of God.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Chronicles 21 - 24
2 Chronicles 23:18
Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.