Have you ever had trouble staying on task? As a classroom teacher, I have witnessed many with roaming eyes. I have often seen students wander off topic and lose their focus on the task at hand. Before we get too self righteous, I must admit I have seen adults do this and am sometimes guilty myself.
It is easy to get busy and let our eyes roam. Proverbs says, “Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive, but a fool’s eyes roam to the ends of the earth.” (Proverbs 17:24 HCSB). Too often we take our eyes off the wisdom of God and substitute a false wisdom which comes from our own understanding. If we look to the world around us, our moral compass will be off. I have witnessed a slow fade away from godliness became a mad dash racing toward destruction. Society is distancing itself from God’s wisdom in so many areas today. Regardless of the topic, if someone’s justification for their opinion and conclusion comes from their observations in the world, they have lost their focus. They become fools when they allow their roaming eyes to find justification for their sin they desire to cling to. They feel right and justified because they can point to others who have the same opinion. However, morality can never be determined by polling the populace.
My dad is a retired pastor. I recall him saying many times, “God said it, and that settles it!” I cringed as a kid at the absoluteness of that view. As I moved out of the house and entered my adult life, I found myself finally getting it. When choices arose about my behavior and the behavior of those around me, I found myself at the point of casting off God’s word, or complying with it. It is really as simple as that.
Too many Christians today are conforming to the world. They are looking at the world to answer questions of morality. Today, we need an awaking to wisdom. We need to refocus our eyes on God and His view on life’s issues. Only then will we have the right focus.