Part V: I know I shouldn't but... Psalm 119:33-40

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I am privileged to say that I love what I do. I love being a pastor. I love that I get to meet with people on a regular basis and I love how fresh and different each new day is. As a result of this, few "working" days look the same, and even fewer weeks are comparable. The nature of what I do means that I am rarely at a desk and I tend to be moving around the great city of Pretoria quite a lot. So, my car is my workspace most of the time.

I often threaten to leave my phone in the boot of the car but the lure of a quick follow up text or e-mail usually gets the better of me. I have had a number of close calls because my eyes were focused on my smartphone screen instead of the road. I then read the following stats from the Huffington Post which renewed my commitment to keeping my eyes fixed firmly on the road.

- 9 people are killed every day in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers on their phones.

- Using a phone whilst driving increases the chances of one having an accident four-fold.

It appears that the Psalmist in Psalm 119 knew just how dangerous the eyes could be. After praying to God to help him diligently follow the Word (verses 33- 36), the psalmist then asks God to help him turn his eyes away from worthless things in order for God to preserve his life (verse 37). We certainly need to delve into God's Word each day, but we also need to be mindful of what we are exposing our eyes, ears, hearts and minds to as well. Our eyes can lead us down a path to destruction.

Reflection - 

1) Is there anything that you are exposing your eyes to and this seems to be drawing you away from God?

2) What guardrails could you begin putting in place to help keep your eyes focused on God and His Word, and not on these dangerous distractions?

PRAYER:

Jesus you said that if any man even looks at a woman lustfully he has already committed adultery in God's eyes (Matt 5:28). Forgive us for the times we have taken our eyes off of You and filled our minds with sinful thoughts that have drawn us away from You. Thank you Lord Jesus that in You we find forgiveness, love, compassion and a Saviour. We humbly ask that your Holy Spirit would equip us to be able to look to You and Your word, in all things and at all times. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Jolindi van der Merwe