Proverb for the Day 23:17-18 — Focus!

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

These two verses talk about focus. We either focus on people, places or thing (in this case “sinners”) or we focus on “the LORD.”

Life really is all about focus. It’s either physical or spiritual; temporal or eternal; earthly or heavenly. And it’s my choice – every day!

Here, a focus on “sinners” may well lead to “envy.” Sometimes, watching those guys and gals, we think we would like to get in on what they’re having or doing. The problem is that we only see a “snapshot” of their lives.

We don’t see what it’s like when they go home at night or what’s going on in their heads. We definitely don’t see what their future looks like.

Instead, this verse suggests a different focus – be “always zealous for the fear of the LORD.” This offers a completely different perspective for life – now and eternally.

“Fear of the LORD” is about seeing God as He really is – all His greatness, power and love. That will definitely help us put everything else in perspective!

And such focus brings an impressive promise of “future hope” that “will not be cut off.” Certainly referring to eternity, Proverbs is clear it also applies to this life.

These words are reminiscent of God’s promised plan in Jeremiah 29:11. Commitment to the “fear of the LORD” and His plan for us leads to the same place – a “future hope!”

So this focus-thing is pretty important. And it’s a one day at a time decision.

So, what do you say? Let’s go for the good stuff!