Keep Your Eyes On The Road!
©2015 Frieda P. Smith
For those of you who can remember, there was a show on television back in the day called Lost in Space that featured a Robot that would start swinging his arms and yelling “Danger! Danger!” any time something bad was about to happen. His handler, Dr. Smith, would generally pay the Robot no mind, ultimately jeopardizing his life and the lives of those around him.
In this day and age, we see the warnings “Don’t Text and Drive”, but too many people pay it no mind. Truthfully, we take our lives in our hands when we get behind the wheel of a car. Not only are we at the mercy of people who do not have a driver’s license, people with cars that are in bad condition, people who are driving while intoxicated or under the influence of a drug, but now we are endangered by people (young and old) who are distracted by gadgets, games, devices, and even their fellow passengers, many who are smoking weed as casually as we used to smoke cigarettes.
As a result of all of the distractions, our eyes are no longer totally focused on the road, and hence, we have become an accident-prone society. We have suffered injuries, pain, and even death, all because we fail to keep our eyes on the road.
In the text that serves at the foundation of this inspirational message, King Solomon addresses the same issue; he wrote, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished”.
You see my friends, during the course of our lives, we too have suffered injuries, pain, and even death (spiritual, financial, relational, and marital, etc.) because we were distracted; we were not prudent.
The Hebrew word for prudent means “cautious”. In other words, someone who is prudent is paying attention, looking around, and anticipating danger ahead.
The text reads, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished”.
Can we keep it real? For the most part, we saw the evil or the danger ahead, but instead of hiding ourselves, we “passed on” or kept going, believing we were strong enough to “handle it”. However, moving forward instead of “hiding” was what Solomon described as being “simple”.
The Hebrew word for simple means “proceeding from folly, or marked with folly; silly”.
Okay, let me give you a scenario that will make this live…(please do not try this at home!)
On Monday, I walked down Main Street and I saw the cones that read “People Working”. I kept walking and while I was texting on my phone, I tripped over a manhole cover and fell into the hole. The fire department had to pull me out.
On Tuesday, I walked down Main Street. I saw the cones that read “People Working”. I kept walking and while I was texting on my phone, I tripped over a manhole cover and fell into the hole. The fire department had to pull me out. I broke my leg.
On Wednesday, I walked down Main Street on crutches. I saw the cones that read “People Working”. I kept walking on my crutches and while I was talking on my phone, I tripped over a manhole cover and fell into the hole. The fire department had to pull me out. I broke my other leg.
Get the point?
After I fell in the hole the first time because I was not paying attention, I should have walked down another street or stopped texting and/or talking when I walked down that one! I was not being prudent—I was being simple—I was being foolish—and because of it, I suffered!
Likewise, there are times when we have to stop blaming others for our own foolishness. We saw the dangers ahead but we kept going and suffered because we were “distracted”.
Can we keep it real one more time for the road? We all have “distractions” and trust me, the enemy knows what they are! Like a giant billboard advertising your favorite eatery when you are starving, the adversary will put your distraction in your face at your most vulnerable moment in an attempt to entice you. Instead of hiding yourself (or resisting), you press put your foot on the gas, believing you can handle it.
However, I am strongly suggesting that you keep your eyes on the road!
In Psalm 48:14, the Psalmist declared, “For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death”.
My friend, God is your guide. There is a destination He has mapped out for you. He has a route planned for you. Where you are right now is not where you are staying. Do not be distracted by your surroundings; you will suffer injury as a result.
Remain prudent. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41).
Keep your eyes on the road!
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