June 24 Eyes on the Mark

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2 Kings 6:1-7:20;  Acts 15:36-16:15;  Psalm 142:1-7;  Proverbs 17:24-25

“A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”  Proverbs 17:24

Keep your eyes on the bullseye and you’ll hit the mark.

Keep your eyes on the road and you’ll stay in your lane.

Keep your eyes on the ball and you’ll catch it.  Hit it.  Kick it.

Keep your eyes on the finish line and you’ll run straight for it.

It matters where you keep your eyes!

The proverb for today talks about keeping wisdom in view.  God’s word has a lot to say about Wisdom.  Let’s take a look.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, all those who practice it have a good understanding.” Psalm 111:10

 

“And because of him (God) you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”  1 Corinthians 1:30

 

“But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks–Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”  1 Corinthians 1:22-23

 

“Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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.”  Hebrews 12:1-2

Look no farther!  Keep your eyes on Jesus–He will lead you to peace and life everlasting.

Lord God, our eyes are prone to wandering.  Our human nature (our sinful nature) seeks the latest, the greatest, the most thrilling, most sensational ideas to believe in.  Our hearts yearn for what our “itching ears” want to hear–“I’m OK”, “Sin isn’t real”, “Everyone will get to Heaven one way or another.”  Forgive us O God for taking our eyes off of the Truth, for taking our eyes off Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

We pray that you would keep us focused through the reading and meditation of your word.  Open the eyes of our heart to your message, and by the Spirit’s power remain on the narrow path that leads to You.  Thank you for your faithfulness to us for the sake of your Son, for helping us get back on track when we take our eyes off of you.  We give you our thanks and praise.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who knows my way.”  Psalm 142:3

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