What Are You Watching?
It is baseball/softball season and a very common phrase that you hear shouted from the dugout or the stands is “Keep your eye on the ball”. A successful hitter has to be able to watch the ball all the way into the bat. Of course, maybe this is why I wasn’t a very successful hitter? But what we are watching is important. Let’s read Proverbs 17:23-25 with a focus on verse 24:
A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice. 24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.
As usual, proverbs sets up a contrast between the wise and the fool. The person who has understanding has his/her eyes on wisdom. Wisdom is squarely in his sights. By keeping an eye on wisdom, one has the ability to stay focused on the things of God. However, the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. I don’t think this phrase refers to the end of the earth as in judgment or destruction. Rather, it refers to the ways and things of the world. The fool is more concerned with the things of this world and how the world influences him, than the things of God, personified here by wisdom.
What are your eyes on? A great way to keep your eyes on wisdom is to read the word of God. If you will do that, you will not “strike out”!