Proverbs – News From The Source Part 22-F
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27
“Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright. Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27 AMP
When I was a child my mom and my dad would send me on an errand or tell us all, my sister and brother also, all the time, that whenever we were going somewhere, to go with a sense of purpose, to walk upright and keep our eyes in front of us. Don’t be wondering about aimlessly or strolling along, being distracted, or involving ourselves in anything but getting to our appointed destination.
For us there was a movie black character actor called “Stepin’ Fetchit.” He was a portrayed as a stereotype of what Hollywood thought of black people in the 40s and early 50s. In him blacks were portrayed as lazy shiftless adults, slouchy, slow-talking, shuffling about, eyes always cast down, inarticulate, unintelligent, whining and moaning about their plight, and subject to the demands of any white person. His portrayals were offensive to most black people but there were no demonstrations in the streets to resist them. Instead, parents used his movie persona as a means of teaching their children not to imitate him in any way, but to be just the opposite.
The truth of their admonitions to us was true for everyone, not just black kids growing up in the south but drawing from the Scriptures they are true for every child growing up and every adult with a sense of God in their lives. Keeping our eyes forward means looking unto to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Keeping our gaze in front of us is to keep the goal of becoming conformed to the person of Jesus Christ as the single most goal of our lives. It is not only a place of security and safety for us, it is also a means of keeping our minds our thoughts and our energies directed toward the goal of God’s purpose and will for our lives, not being distracted by the seductive deflections of the enemy to throw us off the track.
When our eyes and our gaze are focused on the goal of Christ, then our feet will move toward the goal set before us. But, we need to be mindful of the path we’re on and the potential stumbling blocks the enemy will try to trip us with on our way.
Most importantly, we need to stay true to the truth of God’s Word, and not be swayed to the right or to the left. We are saved and called to be people of the Word of God not pleasers of men. There is a clear and uncompromising line of separation between God’s Word and the excuses of men to dismiss the purity and infallibility of the Word for a social justice religion that is founded on men’s feelings and ignore the truth of God’s Word which is no respecter of persons. He did not create one Gospel for this group and another Gospel for that and still another for those. NO! There is one Gospel for all. One Lord, One faith One Baptism, One Jesus Christ who died for all and One God who is Just and Love. I believe the true Church of Jesus Christ is ready to move with God, period! Despite what others may choose to do. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord