Saturday, March 16, 2019

A Fortified Focus

Fifty-eight percent of the foods on the shelves of our grocery stores are “fortified.” Researchers claim that they make a significant contribution to the quality and value of the food we eat. Additionally, many of our foods in cans, in boxes, in the meat and dairy isles or in the fruit and vegetable sections of the stores where we shop have been “genetically modified” in one way or another. Biologists claim that it makes the products last longer, tastier, and more nutritious.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you!” Guide your eyes and know where you are going warns Solomon. We are to “fortify” the way we view and live life with God’s wisdom, power, and strength, and then be careful where we place our feet. In other words, stay focused on using God’s wisdom and apply it to life!
The fool, the ones who choose not to acknowledge the existence or power of God, is easily distracted. Any image that “springs-up” or appears with no warning is a call to lure the “fool” into a trap. Jesus said that the “eye is the lamp of the body” and will project on the screen of our minds an image that quickly and without warning leads the “fool” astray. The eyes, once seduced, need more and more entertainment until, rather than being lured or enticed, actually search with determination for images and that are corrupt, vile and destructive to keep their life “exciting.”
“Looking straight ahead” and “fixing His gaze” is what Jesus did during His life’s journey. He “resolutely” set out for Jerusalem - fortified by God. Can we do less if we love Him?
Prayer: God, grant us the willingness to plant Your wisdom so deeply in our hearts that we will stay focused on Your Word, Your will, Your way, and Your work! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.

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