25     Let your eyes look straight ahead,
And your eyelids look right before you.

26     Ponder the path of your feet,
And let all your ways be established.

27     Do not turn to the right or the left;
Remove your foot from evil.
(Proverbs 4:25-27)
          As is seen in a number of other passages in Proverbs, this particular couple of verse is one of the more familiar and well known bits of what Solomon had to say to his readers.  Of course, this is particularly true of verse 27.  
           Verse 25 starts with the idea of “letting” our eyes look straight ahead.  I have seen much application and regular application of this idea in my own practical life.  I noticed a while ago that if, while driving, a look down to press a button or some other part of the interior of the car, the car tends to start, slowly drift in the same direction, slowly and not dramatically, but it happens never the less.  Needless to say I have taken to being certain that my eyes are forward at all times.  As I pondered this couple verses, I could see the real and necessary application to spiritual matters.  For one thing, it stands as a real challenge for us to be firm in our resolution about remaining in the right way. Metaphorically, it suggests that when a person turns his eyes away from the path, he is apt to stumble.

          Solomon’s reference to eyes and eyelids in verse 25 are really a double statement of the same thing, repeated for emphasis.  Notice also the beginning of the verse, with the word “Let”.  There are two ideas here. 
  1. First it speaks of the deliberate actions involved.  Solomon’s advice is for us to see to it we are taking what action or effort tis needful to be sure that the vision and attention is where it ought to be.  
  2. Second it speaks of the possibility or temptation to allow our emphasis and focus to wander, even a bit.  We must see to it that this does not happen, and take what steps are needed to resist or protect against this possibility.
          Of course, we might also note that there is the possibility that, in our normal vision, we might accidentally or, perhaps purposely allow our vision, our “eye” to drift away from being “ahead”.  We note also that Solomon tells us to see to it that our “sight” is “straight” forward.  The word is only used a relatively few number of times in the OT.  It is translated as “against” 10 times, “before” nine times, “directly” once, “for” once, “on” once, and “over” once.

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08/14/2016 7:03am

In our Religion class in school, it is taught how to obey our God. It is always right to follow Him, follow what He wants, follow His commandments. In this way, we also become closer to Him and our relationship with Him also becomes stronger. May we always live in righteousness as what God wants us to live.

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