One thing I know…is how difficult it can be, to remain on the path that God has placed us on…especially during difficult times of affliction. It seems like obstacles get in our way, along with temptations that can sidetrack us and put us on a detour road; that only takes us away, from where God longs for us to be.
In Proverbs 4:25-27, we read… “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”
How is it that we find ourselves on a detour road, rather than the path that God first placed us on? I have come to see that this happens, when we become too tightly focused on what the circumstance is attempting to convey to us. We must remember one thing…Satan isn’t only out to afflict us; but he’s also out to keep that affliction alive, in any way possible.
We need to remember that no matter what we face…we need to keep pressing on, with our eyes looking straight ahead. Now isn’t the time to get sidetracked, by thinking more deeply on our problems.
One thing I love about these Bible verses; is that they come right to the point and say… “Look right on…look straight before thee…turn not to the right hand nor to the left.” Just think how our times of adversity could be so much easier to cope with, if we would only look at what lies straight before us…never turning to the left or the right.
Now isn’t the time to succumb to temptation and the ways of evil; but rather, now is the time, to keep our eyes focused on Jesus and the prize that awaits us, at the end of these difficult paths. When we can stop listening to what the circumstance is attempting to convey to us and focus on the One, who can walk us directly out of these difficult times; then we will come to see that these paths of circumstance do come to an end.