May 6, 2018


29 times, the book of Proverbs mentions the path or paths we are on.

Proverbs 1:15 “My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths.”

Proverbs 2:9 “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path.”

Proverbs 3:6: - “In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 4:25-27 - "Let your eyes look straight ahead; Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

Often the things that grab our attention lead to regret. What captures our attention influences our direction.

Attention, direction, destinationThat’s the principle of the path in three words.

Proverbs 4 - "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Here’s the good news ... You and I do not have to be ruled by things that grab or capture our attention.

The Principle of Choice: You get to choose what you give your attention to.

1. You choose gets your attention.

2. You choose who you give your attention to.

On every path that leads to disaster or destruction there is something powerful that draws us, that grabbed or captured our attention. Which is why Solomon warns:

Make a choice. Choose which direction you will go and then fix your eyes directly on it. What you give your attention to determines your direction. And the direction you head in determines your destination.

What has your attention these days? 

Here’s a second question: What do you want to have your attention?

The Apostle Paul described his approach to life this way:

“Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

The writer of Hebrews says: “We must pay more careful attention, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away” (Hebrews 2:1).

“Here’s what you need to do to stay on the right path spiritually.”  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter 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 12:2-3).

Here’s the way Jesus said it: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

You have a choice. You can follow Jesus or you can follow something less. You can let your attention be grabbed by something that feels good for a moment or you can give your attention to the one who will direct you all the days of your life and on into eternity.

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