Trouble Staying Focused? Establish Yourself

ESTABLISH YOURSELF. DON’T LOOK TO THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT. When I scribbled these words with my bright purple pen in my “God’s Notebook,” I didn’t think much of it. But I knew if it was God really speaking to me, I would find confirmation in the Bible. God never speaks against His own Word. I also knew if this message truly came from God, He would have to explain Himself. For I had no clue what “establishing myself” meant, nor did I figure it had anything to do with “not looking to the right or the left”; I saw no connection between the two. So I decided to take a deep dive into God’s Word to see what I would come up with. Little did I know what great treasure I would find. God undoubtedly had something to say to me about staying focused on Him and on His will for my life.

In the New Testament, the word “establish” according to the concordance translates into “turn resolution in a certain direction.” Clearly, God was reminding me to FOCUS ON HIM, and equally He was confirming His constant reminders recently that He wants me focused on certain aspects of the ministry work He has called me to. In the Old Testament, in the Book of Proverbs, the word “established” is actually used in conjunction with “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left.” Therein lay the connection. God really had spoken to me!

In Proverbs 4, God tells us to focus on HIS WORD, to keep HIS WORD in our hearts and in front of our eyes, and to NOT turn away by looking to the right and left. Where are the distractions that threaten to take us away from our focus on GOD and HIS WORD? To the right and left! Why then was God giving me this message? He was telling me to make certain that I am focused on HIM, on HIS WORD, and on HIS WILL for my life. Notice the word “TURN”. Establish in the New Testament means to turn TO something, i.e. God, His Word, and His will. In Proverbs 4, He warns  not to TURN “away” from something,  i.e. to turn away from Him, His Word, and His will.

Is it time to turn? Do you need to turn to Him? Do you need to turn to His Word? Is God calling you, too, to be established? Is He convicting you right now to “turn resolutely” in HIS direction? Is He reminding you not to look to the right or left, not to get distracted, but instead to do your best to stay focused on Him and what He has told you to do with the life He has given you? Then I pray He would help you, and I, to do just that!

There is not a single more important place to focus our attention in the entire universe than on GOD, HIS WORD, and HIS WILL. Are you ready?

My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart.
22For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh.
23Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.
24Put away from thee a wayward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee.
25Let thine eyes look right on, And let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26Make level the path of thy feet, And let all thy ways be established.
27Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: Remove thy foot from evil. Proverbs 4:20-27 NASB underlining added

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