“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” (Psalm 143:10)
“Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.” (Psalm 141:2)
You might not feel like it, but do it anyway. He did.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalms 139:23-24)
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” (Psalms 136:1-continue-26)
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.” (Psalm 135:3)
Distractions abound in this modern futuristic world. People texting on their smartphones while driving…the only thing smart about that is the phone. People hurt and dying because someone is not watching where they’re going.
A man or a woman captured by the allure of a coworker, found in a situation which breaks trust with their spouse or loved one. All because they’re not watching where they’re going.
A business leader enticed by the easy riches of ill-gotten gain, now imprisoned after not watching where he was going.
Politicians, religious authorities, educational activists, and the list goes on and on. Not to belabor the point but did you ever just stop, look around and say to yourself, “ Everybody! Watch where you’re going!”
Hindsight is 20/20 but hindsight always comes when it’s too late. Just ask Adam. God’s created man who carried the future of humanity within him. God gave him a law, a warning to not eat the fruit of that one tree. Now Adam wasn’t stupid. In fact, he was very intelligent, yet what did he do?
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Genesis 3:6 NIV)
Adam didn’t watch where he was going and so subsequently he led his family and all who would come after them to become a fallen race.
There was another man mentioned prominently in the Bible who did watch where he was going. The Lord Jesus, the Son of the living God. His life was devoted to one purpose, to fulfill the calling that Father God had placed before him. To fulfill the law and redeem this fallen race by his sacrifice on a cross. With all the many distractions, obstacles, and temptations, he watched where He was going, pushed towards the will of God, and succeeded. He won us back.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14 KJV)
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV)
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)
We must fix our eyes on where we are going, and not get sidetracked by the pleasures of this world. For the pleasures of this world are only temporary. But friendship with God is forever!
Lord, help us watch where we are going and keep our eyes on what is important and eternal. Help us keep our eyes upon you.
Copyright © 2020 Gene Markland, used with permission.
“How joyful are those who fear the LORD—all who follow his ways!”(Psalm 128:1)
“Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.” (Psalm 127:1)