Millions flock every year to their local amusement park to ride rollercoasters. Even though the cars on these roller coasters reach high speeds and altitudes, many ride without fear because they are certain that the cars will stay on the path laid out for them. What would happen though if these cars were to get off track? The result would be devastating; people would either be killed or badly injured. As Christians, it is just as important that we stay on track with what God expects from us.
Proverbs 4:25-27 says, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don't get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.”
Sadly, many times we fall into the same sin over and over again. This proverb tells us that it is important that we look ahead and fix our eyes on what lies before us. This means that we need to be aware of our surroundings and the impact it has on our walk with Christ. Like verse 26 says, we must mark out a path to follow and then stick to it. The earlier we decide what we will do in certain situations, the more likely we will follow through with our decision.
Verse 27 warns us not to get sidetracked. It is very easy to follow the path that everyone else is following, especially since it is so wide, but it is imperative that we stay on track so that we will not conform to the evil of this world (Romans 12:2).
Do you find yourself doing what the world says is right? When you are around people who aren’t believers, do you end up doing what you know the Bible says is wrong? Like Proverbs 4:25-27 says, it is very important that we stick to the path that we are called to follow as Christ-followers. This path has been mapped out for us through God’s Holy Word so that we can live an abundant life with Christ. When we don’t follow it, our life is filled with evil and our relationship with Christ suffers, but if we follow the path, our lives will be filled with the joy of the Lord.