Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:7
First of all, focus is a matter of sight. We focus on the eye chart at the doctor’s office; we focus our binoculars when looking at distant objects; we focus our camera lens when we take a picture.
It is not surprising that Proverbs encourages us not to “be wise in [our] own eyes.” Said another way, don’t trust your own eyes as a source of focus in life. There is a lot to see in this world, and much to focus on. The challenge is to make sure we are focusing on God first and seeing life through His “eyes.” Proverbs 3:5 says the same thing: Trust in God with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. Our eyes and our understanding are gifts of God, but in a fallen world we need to constantly measure our focus against God’s standards and values to make sure we are seeing, and acting, in a godly way. And that takes discipline—the discipline of submitting every thought to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5-6).
Godly focus is a lifestyle choice. One that says, “Lord, grant me discernment and discipline to value what You value and choose what You choose.”
The key to godliness is not more knowledge but more obedience. Woodrow Kroll
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