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 sections or in the fruit and vegetable sections of the store 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 life with God’s wisdom, power and strength and then be careful where we place our feet. In other words, stay focused using God’s wisdom.
The fool, those who choose not to acknowledge the presence 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 excitement until, rather than being lured, actually search with determination images that are corrupt, vile and destructive.
“Looking straight ahead” and “fixing His gaze” is what Jesus did on the last phase of His life’s journey. He “resolutely” set out for Jerusalem. Fortified by God.
Prayer: God, grant us the willingness to plant Your wisdom so deeply in our hearts that we will stay focused. 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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