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)
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.
- 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.
- 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.