Lesson 31

Are you a highly focused person?  When you get your eye on a target, you do easily look at other places?  Very few people can stay focused.  They might for a spell, but as time goes on, they begin to look elsewhere.  You are not alone.  So many do this.  We get excited and focused on a target and then we begin to look at other places and begin to drift off course.  We might even get lost.  Peter did it when he was walking on the water toward Jesus (Matthew 14:22-32).  He was doing great until he noticed what had been going on all around him the entire time.  The waves were nothing new.  He was just newly aware.  When he looked elsewhere, that is when the trouble began.

Proverbs 4:25 –

Let your eyes look straight ahead,
fix your gaze directly before you.

If only Peter had remembered these words that had been spoken centuries before and passed down through the ages.  He had been taught.  But he forgot!  How often we forget!  You need to stay focused.  You need to keep on the target.  Ask runners who have completed exceedingly long marathons.  They will tell you how they have to keep focused and keep their eyes straight ahead.  Otherwise, they would never have reached the finish line.

Make level paths for your feet
and take only ways that are firm.

Do not swerve to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
(26-27)

We are being warned here to not be reckless and go off on to paths that have quicksand or go down steep mountains.  Make your trip to your target direct and straight.  Don’t take a stop at the little rest area.  Don’t just take a quick minute to go off on your own.  Ask any Boy Scout and they will tell you not to stray from the path laid down.  You’ll get lost for sure.

What distracts you from following God?  TV? Hobbies? Friends? Career? Fear?  God is still there in the same place He always has been.  He is on the most solid ground – Himself.  If you follow Him, your feet will also be on that ground will everything can sink or be thrashed around.  But with Him, you’ll be stable and level.  Make commitments today to be more focused.

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