LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Let thine eyes look right on, and thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” (Prov. 4:25 –27)
When our eyes are looking straight before us, girded up and fastened on Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith, for sure, all our ways will be established, ordered aright. Indeed, The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He pondereth all his goings,” (Prov: 5:21) It gives both a sense of security and confidence knowing that our ways are always before Him. We are not wandering in a wilderness of humanity, lost in a crowd, unknown and unrecognized by the Lord. Even when we are not consciously aware of Him, He is still very much aware of us and where we dwell.
In those times when we cannot see ahead, for it all appears veiled in fog, clouded with a dusty atmosphere, or seemingly all gone dead, yet we can say with the Psalmist, “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path,” (Ps. 142:3) And inwardly held by His mighty hand, we walk it out until we see the unfolding of His purpose, and new life springs forth to cause rejoicing.
As to the negative conditions about us we are not ignorant, restlessness grips mankind, we are precariously balanced on the edge of gross upheaval, and perilous times are before us – yet these very conditions make it imperative that we make sure “Thine eyes look straight before thee.” He goes before us, and He is our victory. Surely the embryo of tomorrow’s victory lies in the womb of our today and yesterday. Victory is not a sudden happenstance! God prepared our path, and marked out our way, even before we knew Him, or became aware that His hand was placed upon our life. Thus our today, however routine and uneventful it might appear, however dry of spiritual surgings, still it is used as a part of the process to birth the triumphs that lie ahead – and so we look straight ahead to the joy that is set before us.
Look straight before thee,
Behold thy ordered way,
And know that the Eternal
Hath measured out thy day.