Verse 25 says to “let your eyes look straight ahead” and “fix your gaze directly before you.” A concept not at all unfamiliar to us, it’s to have a clear focus on what’s ahead.
Jesus said something similar. “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62).
The Latin phrase is oculum in metam or “eye on the prize.” The Apostle Paul said it this way, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind, and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize” (Philippians 3:13-14).
The message is clear: we need to have a clear sense of where we are going. Yet I admit to struggling with having a clear view of what’s up ahead. I also struggle with my best thinking still doesn’t seem to get it done very well for me.
So, how can this verse work for me? The truth is that I don’t have to be in charge or have all the answers. I just need to be connected with the One who is and does!
My focus needs to the straight ahead on the goal. And my goal should be to let Someone who is in charge and does know what’s going on just handle all my business…one day at a time!
I’m a slow learner, but its working!