“My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.”
If we trust and obey, God will direct our path (Proverbs 3:6) into the blessings He has planned for us. We have seen over the past several days the different ways that God will bless us if we search and find wisdom and understanding. Today is no exception.
Have you ever met one of those people who right in the middle of doing something, they remember that they have to do something else? They drop the first to attend to the second. They then are working on the second when a third items comes to mind and then the second is dropped so the work can begin on item number three. Ever met someone like that? Well, if you have not – let me introduce myself to you! This is so me! I have to purposefully make myself stay focused or I will get side-tracked by other things.
As people born with a sinful nature, we have this same tendency. This is what Solomon is telling us, don’t take your eyes off wisdom and discretion. Stay focused and don’t wander off on things that don’t matter and won’t bring you blessings.
Prone to Wander
In keeping our eyes on wisdom, God has promised us that not only will HE gives us His providential care (walk in thy way safely) but that He will also not cause our feet to stumble.
In 1757, Robert Robinson wrote the song “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and one of the last stanzas in the song says the following:
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
A prayer for my life is that I would constantly – and purposefully – keep my eyes focused on God. That I would not wander and take my eyes off of Him. When I do, that is when I will stumble and fall.
April 27th, 2012 at 1:35 am
a) I greatly enjoy all of the hymns and songs popping up in these posts!
2) This is me, too! I remember a pastor saying once that we humans have spiritual ADD, some of us spiritual ADHD, and some of us also have it in the rest of life! Yep.
It has taken parents who refused to give up on me and the training of my will with God’s might to become more disciplined. Whenever I would try to become more disciplined without His help … well … it did not end as well as hoped.
April 27th, 2012 at 2:10 am
I am right there with you. I can get distracted so easily that it is almost unbelievable. But if we will stay in His word daily and focus on Him and His will for each of us, He will direct our paths. Now if I could just do this I would be infinitely better off. But then again He is still working on me.
April 27th, 2012 at 2:12 am
Oops, I was going to tell you to say hello to everybody for me. I think I need some sleep. 🙂
Love in Christ Jesus,
April 27th, 2012 at 8:53 am
I will let everyone know Kevin! Hope you are doing well!
April 27th, 2012 at 2:24 am
In a recent meeting with my spiritual mentor he challenged me to consider whether I was a person who was ‘drawn’ or ‘driven’. As I considered these thoughts I realised that the question for me was ‘am I drawn, driven or distracted?’ The next word I wrote in my journal was FOCUS! Jason, thank you for the reminder that we all need to stay focused on God. Hebrews 12:1-2 provides another reminder. It is good to be reminded!
April 27th, 2012 at 7:01 am
Maybe this could be a definition of success: start something bigger than yourself. I read the posts from you guys and it reminds me how unworthy I am to be included in this project.
April 27th, 2012 at 8:53 am
Anthony, none of us are worthy, but I think we all feel privileged that you included us.
April 27th, 2012 at 8:54 am
I don’t think David could have said it any better! I count it a privilege to not only be a part of these postings but a privilege to read these and learn more of God’s Word!
April 27th, 2012 at 10:21 am
I am pretty sure we are all in agreement: it is an honor to get to work with others God is using to shed light on His Word. None are worthy, but He gives us worth.