Set Your Gaze

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Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil. 
Proverbs 4:25-27

Insight

One reality of life I have always believed to be true is that focus determines direction. Over the years most of the encouragement I have received from others tends to deal with where I am looking:

“Keep your head up.” 

“Eyes on the prize.”

“Pick your chin up.”

All of these phrases mean well, but after a while, you get used to hearing them, and they become white noise. Do not get me wrong; I love affirmation and encouragement. They serve as my number 1 love language. But sometimes when they are the same phrases over and over again, they begin to lose their potency. Thankfully, after some maturity, I realized just how much truth existed in the more significant message of these phrases.

When we set our focus on something which catches our eyes, we tend to pursue it. When it is the right thing, we will pursue it at all costs. As soon as you lay eyes on the special someone, you begin dreaming of ways to get their attention and start a relationship. You spend years in school to prepare you for the career that catches your eye. Fill in the blank, and you realize when it catches your eye, you desire it at all cost.

My goal and I hope our goal, is to have our eyes focused on God. God is the one who we should have our gaze set on. The beautiful reality of keeping our eyes on Him is we get to experience what the rest of this passage says. When we have our sights set on God, our feet will follow. When we are walking towards, and with God, our paths will certainly be sure. We will not have the desire to turn to the left or the right because we will be focused on the road before us.  

When it comes to what I have my eyes set upon I recall a truly beautiful moment in the life of Jesus. Hebrews 2 also helps me refocus my gaze because it shows the power of what happens when we stay focused on God.

Hebrews 2:2 reveals, “...looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus’ focus throughout all of His life was to do what God had willed Him to do. Certainly, all of Jesus’ life was not joyful, He went through a lot just for it to peak with His journey to the cross. Yet, He could see the joy set before Him. Because He was focused on what was before Him, He endured the agony of the cross so all of humanity would have the chance to be redeemed to God. May we be people who reflect our Savior.

May we find ourselves with our gaze set upon Jesus. As we continue to gaze upon Him, we will see our steps naturally follow the footsteps of Jesus. 

Reflection

  • Where have your eyes been fixed? What changes can you make to get Christ as your focus?

  • Spend some time thinking about how Jesus’ focus helped Him find joy even in His darkest moment of life. How can you make this a reality for your life? 

Prayer

Father, thank you for being the best focus for my life. I am so grateful for the fact that as I focus on You, my heart will follow my gaze. I pray I continue to reflect Your joy because I am fixed on my Father, and as I walk towards You I can bring others along with me. I love You Father, and pray in Your holy name, Amen. 

PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.


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