Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post on Proverbs 4:25 which says:
“Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.”
Solomon is still guiding his sons in the way of wisdom. He tells them to always look straight ahead, and not turn to either side. As long as they looked straight ahead, they could always keep going forward, but if they looked behind them, then they would end up walking backwards.
This applies to us too. We need to keep our eyes fixed ahead of us. But we shouldn’t just stare straight ahead, we need to fix our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:2 says:
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
We need to fix our eyes on Jesus. If we don’t, we will end up running the race backwards. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus, because He is the one who can perfect our faith; and He is the one who gave us faith. He endured the cross to give us faith in Him. 1 Corinthians 9:24 says:
“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.”
The way to “get the prize” is to fix our eyes on Jesus.
How can you tell if you’re “running backwards”? If you are looking behind you while you run a race it means that you are not focused on the finish line; in Spiritual life it means that you are not focused on Jesus. You might be focused on yourself; you could be constantly pointing out other people’s wrongs, but whatever you’re focused on- if it isn’t Jesus- it is wrong. Jesus didn’t die for our sins so that we could dismiss what He did for us and instead look away from Him.
So fix your eyes on Jesus, and He will lead you through the race of life!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland