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Proverbs 4:25 (Mini Sermon)

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25. Pro 4:25 - "Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee."
A. Let thine eyes look right on,
i. Solomon just said to his son "perverse lips put far from thee" in the previous verse (Pro 4:24).
ii. Recall that perverse means "turned away from the right way or from what is right or good."
iii. This verse re-enforces the instruction in the previous verse and explains how to implement it.
iv. In order to keep our lips from turning away from the right way we must keep our eyes fixed in the right direction.
v. Wisdom is before (right on in front of) him that hath understanding, but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth (Pro 17:24).
vi. We must press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Php 3:14).
vii. We must ever be "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher or our faith" (Heb 12:2).
B. and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
i. The eyes of man are never satisfied (Pro 27:20).
a. They have a propensity to look in every direction except straight before us where they are supposed to be focused.
b. The Lord is exhorting us in this verse to be of a focused mind and not allow our eyes to be drawn away with distractions.
ii. This is also an exhortation to be humble because the proud have their eyelids lifted up (Pro 30:13).
a. It's hard to see where you're going when your eyelids are up in the air.
b. Such a person is heading for a fall (Pro 16:18).
iii. And finally this is an exhortation to never look back (Luk 9:62).
iv. If our eyes are focused on the path of life ahead, we will not be looking back to our old sinful ways.