The Apple of Thine Eye

Proverbs 7:2, “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.”

What does the writer mean here, when he refers to “the apple of thine eye”?  The phrase refers to “something or someone cherished above all others.”  It is a very old phrase.  It is the “focal point” of your life, the “most important thing” to you.  Think about this for just a few moments today — what is “the apple of your eye”?  What means the most to you in this life?

If we were to sit down today and actually write out a list of the most important things in our life, I’m sure most of our lists would be somewhat similar.  We would probably write down (1) Family, (2) Friends, (3) Job, (4) Good Health, etc.  But what would be number one on our list?  God wants us to keep His Word number one.  Remember what the apostle Paul said in Colossians 1:18: “…that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

We have been given a charge: “Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.”  Our eyes are prone to wander.  It’s hard for people, especially in today’s society, to stay focused.  There are so many “things” that are put before our eyes on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that we cannot focus on what God’s Word says to us.

Last week me and my wife were on vacation in the Outer Banks.  We love going to Swansboro, North Carolina and Morehead City, but we had never been up to places like Ocracoke, Hatteras, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and on up the road!  So, we took a few days and just went “sight-seeing.”  There were so many sights to see.  A few times, I caught myself drifting off the road because I was not focusing on my path before me.  A few times, Jennifer would yell, “JEREMY!  Your going off the road!”  I would have to turn my attention back to the road before I killed us both!

Because of all the “new” sights I was seeing, I took my eyes off the path before me and started looking at everything I could as fast as I could.  My head would turn from this side of the road to that side.  I was overly confident in my driving skills and comfortable about what I was doing, and before I knew — quite a few times — I put our lives in danger because of my carelessness.  The car staying on the road before me was no longer the “apple of my eye.”  I was trying to take in ALL the sites.

As we live in this world, we have a tendency to try to take in all the sites.  But be careful.  Many of those “sites” have been placed in your life by the devil to serve as a distraction.  He uses distractions to get us off course.  He wants us to have a wreck.  He wants to see us hurt, maybe even killed.

The Word of God is a roadmap for life.  It gives direction and purpose.  We have been challenged to keep His law as the “apple of our eye.”  Our number one focus every single day, each moment, should be God’s Word.  We need to seek His Word moment by moment for instruction, wisdom, direction, discretion, understanding, and guidance.

Determine today that you are going to keep God’s Word as the “apple of thine eye.”

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