Set Your Gaze
Today, I want to share with you a scripture that I found in The Passion Translation. This scripture has become one of my favorite scriptures to look at when I get a little weary in doing the things God has called me to. I can see you all through this computer looking all holy right now, (lol) but we all go through it. We all, at various times in our lives, feel like the path we are on is just too hard to travel on. We sometimes feel like the call God has placed on our lives, whether it’s our job or just the fact He’s asked us to walk in love, is just too hard to do right now. The fleshy part of our nature just wants to give up and move on. This is when you meditate Proverbs 4:25-26.
Proverbs 4:25-26 (TPT)
25: Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead. Ignore life’s distraction.
26: Watch where you are going! Stick to the path of truth and the road will be safe and smooth.
The first part of this verse tells you to set your gaze on the path before you. This word path is actually the Greek word, Derek, which means a specific path God has placed you on. So, we are not being instructed to look at just any path set before us, we are asked to look at God’s path. And, we are not just casually looking at it as we pass by. No, we are setting ourselves to pay close attention to it so much so that we have a fixed purpose. Our goal is to continue to walk this out with a determined mind. Our mind is fixed on the purpose God has called us to at that time in our life. This is where most Christians miss it: they know God has something for them to do, they know what the word tells them to do concerning a situation; but they don’t continue when times get rough. Another way to say this is “determined purpose”. They don’t remain determined to do God’s word.
For example, God has called us to the path of love when a problem arises. Do we set our gaze on walking in love? Do we fix our mind on the fact that we are going to walk in love through the problem? Or, is our fixed purpose on the problem and our fleshly response?
Another example for this would be for those in the fivefold ministry, or if you’ve been called to a certain church. When things don’t go the way you think they should go or people get upset or people don’t agree on certain things, do you set your gaze on everything that is going wrong, or do you set your gaze on what God has called you to do? If you answer this question with “yes, I set my gaze on what God has called me to do,” then you need to walk in the next part of this verse “...with a fixed purpose, looking straight ahead and ignoring the distractions that will come your way.”
The enemy’s whole plan is to get you distracted from the truth of what God has called you to. Every day the enemy is setting out “roadblocks” that distract you from God’s word and the calling on your life. When these things come your way, remember what Proverb 4:25 states and keep your focus.