I am amazed how many people do not pay attention while they’re driving. It’s become an epidemic of sorts because we think there are things happening on our phone that can’t wait. I remember years ago driving on the highway and seeing a guy reading a newspaper. Another lady was eating a bowl of cereal and numerous ladies putting on their makeup. I always wondered if they made it to their destination. Did they make it there safely?
How do you make it to the destination without fixing your eyes on the road? These people typically are swerving and having to jerk the wheel to come back and focus on the road and then their eyes go back to the task they are attempting. However, they have to eventually get their eyes back on the road to make it to their destination.
I was considering this today and reading in Hebrews about fixing our eyes on Jesus. Looking to Him who kept his eyes on the endgame, even while enduring death on the cross.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NIV
Do I think I’m better than Jesus? To be able to go through this life without fixing my eyes on the Father? Without continually receiving, believing, and trusting He is everything I need? Abiding in him?
If I am going to follow the path which God laid out for me, I must keep my eyes looking to Jesus, who is the author and finisher of my faith. Jesus gave us the ultimate example of trusting in His Father. Can I do the same? Can I be okay with the correction given to me when I try to take a fork in the road God did not intend, and instead, trust His best plan for me?
When I have a decision to make, do I seek His will first? I have had so many decisions to make over the past several years and being single, it lays squarely on my shoulders, but it doesn’t mean I have to do it alone without God’s help. It doesn’t mean He will not provide humans on this earth to help me in those decisions He has for me.
When I start to get scared about making the wrong decision, wonder how in the world it will work out, or if I’m going to screw it up, I have to come back and look to Jesus. Stop getting distracted by the fear, anxiety, and worry the world lays into my lap and focus on the true Author of my story.
It does not mean there will not be tears or struggle, especially when we consider Satan wants to do everything he can to distort and mess up God‘s plan for our life.
I have to stay rooted in God’s truth, which means continually coming back to His word. His guidance.
I’m fixing my eyes on Jesus, and the joy of heaven, to get me to the destination God has designed. So unlike the people driving their cars who are not focused on their destination, (by the way no judgement as I think we’ve all done it) who do not have their eyes fixed on the road and begin to swerve, we must fix our eyes firmly on the One who can guide us and direct us to make it to the destination.
Where do you turn when you have a decision to make? Do you seek advice, or do you make the decision on your own? Are you keeping your eyes on the destination?
Help me keep my focus on You. When I do stray, help me accept Your correction, and lead and guide me back to the way You have for me. May I keep my eyes solely focused on You, just as Jesus did.
In Jesus’ Name,
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