“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:1-5
I was struck recently by these 7 words…..” You walk in the direction you’re looking.
“If you fail to keep your eyes on where you’re walking, you’re apt to wind up on the ground. If you fail to keep your eyes on the road when you’re driving, you’re apt to wind up in a ditch!” Proverbs 3:5-6 are such popular verses that I almost want to skip right over them for fear of not doing them justice, or asking you to contemplate something you’ve already thought about.
Sometimes we can get too familiar with the familiar. But I confess that in praying through this verse God led me to something new. I have always focused on the trusting part of this verse, but this time I was reminded that I am a leaner. I lean into my own understanding. I lean into my own understanding when I fear where my culture is headed. I lean into my own understanding when I am impatient with God’s timing! I lean into my own understanding when I’m self-centered and selfish. I lean into my own understanding when I chose to fail to fill and focus my mind on God’s perspective in His word. I lean into my own understanding when I allow circumstances to dictate where I place my trust.
And when I’m leaning, my focus is usually on myself or my finite sight. And remember….. You walk in the direction you’re looking!
And in the context of this verse…you walk in the direction you’re leaning! Hebrews 12:2 tells us to “look to Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.” Psalm 101:3 resolves; “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless”. In Ephesians 1:18 Paul prays that “the eyes of your heart would be enlightened that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you!” And Psalm 141:8 proclaims, “But my eyes are toward you, oh God, my Lord. In you, I seek refuge!”
So this morning talk to the Lord about where you’re looking!
And remember His eyes are on you, and rest in Psalm 33:18 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in his steadfast love.”
You walk in the direction you’re looking.