walk in the word
Category: Attitudes, Character, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God
“Wisdom is in the presence of one who has understanding, but the eyes of the fool are on the ends of the earth.” Proverbs 17:24
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Proverbs 12:15
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who doesn’t look you in the eyes? Their focus is somewhere else in the room, watching to see who comes in the door or who’s with whom. That person has roaming eyes.
The book of Proverbs describes a foolish person as one who is always looking for something but never sure what it is—only that it’s not God. The Hebrew word for this kind of foolishness means “one who lacks spiritual perception.” Proverbs 14:1 says that “the fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” A foolish person rejects the existence of God and then spends the rest of his life looking for something else to satisfy the need that only God can meet. Proverbs 17:24 further explains,
Wisdom is in the presence of one who has understanding, but the eyes of the fool are on the ends of the earth.” Nothing is so far off the path of the fool that it cannot draw his roaming eyes.
What do roaming eyes look for? Let me give you some examples.
Materialistic eyes. Picture someone sitting in traffic, scoping out the scene, thinking, “Man, I wish I had a car like that. If I was driving that car, I’d be a lot happier.” Foolishness says at the mall, “I’ll take one of those and one of those and one of those. All that I need to be really happy is another one of those.” (Not!)
Distracted eyes. These eyes are never satisfied. “I need a new hobby.” “I need a new job.” “I need a new spouse.” “I need a career change.” “I need another church.” “Let’s remodel the dining room.” Distracted eyes move from fad to fad with no clear purpose. From meaningless A to unfulfilling B—searching for satisfaction. If you know someone with distracted eyes, you ask, “What’s he into now? What’s her new thing gonna be this year?”
Lustful eyes. A foolish person allows their eyes to look in the wrong place. It never ceases to amaze me the way our eyes can be so easily drawn to sin. My conversations and experience tell me that this is most often a struggle for men but ladies have their temptations, too.
Do you remember the line in the children’s song, “Oh, be careful little eyes what you see?” There’s wisdom in that warning. Proverbs 12:15 snaps this truth closed with this exhortation, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” Want advice? Proverbs 5:21 “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.”
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