Proverbs 4:25 “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.”
This verse is part of Solomon’s miniseries of commands on keeping one’s heart with all diligence. The word “heart” in this verse refers to a person’s attitude, their mind, center of being, understanding, or wisdom. This is the second of five keys to keeping one’s heart with all diligence. These five keys to keeping your heart with all diligence can be summarized as follows:
- Putting away from myself perverse and froward (contrary, complaining) speech (Proverbs 4:24)
- Faithfully keeping focused on Christ and what He wants me to do (Proverbs 4:25)
- Pondering, seriously considering, what way my feet are pointing in life (Proverbs 4:26).
- Not compromising by turning away from going God’s way, to go my way (Proverbs 4:27)
- Removing my foot from any known sin in my life (Proverbs 4:27)
Remember, the concept of keeping our deceitful heart in check, means figuratively, that we keep a rifle trained on our heart rather than a rifle trained on intruders outside our heart. Our hearts are prone to wander from God because they are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked as the prophet Jeremiah testified (Jeremiah 17:9). Most of the time, WE ARE OUR GREATEST ENEMY. The worst thing we can do is to follow our heart; this is what the fool does (Proverbs 18:3). The best thing we can do is to keep our heart with all diligence. I know these ideas are totally contrary to popular opinion. However, because people are following their hearts is why our world so messed up. So, instead of having our eyes gazing on what our heart wants to do, let’s have our eyes focused on Jesus Christ’s desires for us instead. What does He want me to do this year? Is not our goal, God Himself? I like the words of Fredrick Brook, “My goal is God Himself; not joy, nor peace, nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.” Let’s ask ourselves, “Is God my goal? Is He what consumes my thoughts? Is He my passion? How is He my goal and passion? Is my purposed focus on God and is my focused purpose, God Himself?
We are so easily distracted. When we are, our focus is no longer purposed on what it ought to be and it meanders around from thing to thing, circumstance to circumstance, and event to event. We forget our purpose, that is, God Himself. Our purposed is to bring Him the glory and pleasure He rightfully deserves (Revelation 4:11). While, many people have a purposed focus, often themselves, they have an out of focus purpose. They are in a rat race trying to find the thing that will bring them the most satisfaction. Eventually this leads to disillusionment. True satisfaction and fulfillment will never be found in something but only in the person of Jesus Christ, yet we often live as if the opposite is true.
As the first part of this verse says, “Let your eyes look right on.” (Prov. 4:25a) This command means to look with regard and respect. Let’s be steadfast looking to Jesus for our marching orders as soldiers of Christ. The second part of the verse reiterates the same command with slightly different wording for emphasis. “Let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” (Prov. 4:25b) Let’s find out our marching orders from the Commander and Chief and then do His orders with all our heart, by the power of His Spirit in us (Romans 8:11-13). Let’s keep looking to Him, and not get distracted. Let’s stay focused on the work He has called us to do (John 17:4).
As we live our Christian’s lives in this New Year, I pray that we will have a resolute, purposed focus on a focused purpose, Jesus Christ. We can be confident; God is not done with us and will continue to perform His work in us.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6