Date: June 1
Category: Setting Goals
"Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright. Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil."
Nobody has ever gone forward without setting goals. If you want to achieve anything in your life, you have to set goals. Setting goals is really just deciding ahead of time where you want to be in the future. Now in order to do that, you first have to know where you are. That could be in terms of learning. If you're a student, for example, you could be earning a ‘B' on your report card, but you can decide to work towards earning an ‘A.' That is a goal. So to reach that goal, you have to spend more time studying, checking over your homework before handing it in, working harder in school, etc.
Your goal may be to buy a car. That means that you have to save your money in order to reach that goal. Your goal can be many things: buying a house, developing a business, or finding a spouse, etc. Regardless of what your goal is, your eyes should look right on with fixed purpose. In other words, you have to really focus on that goal. Verse 25 also says, "…and let your gaze be straight before you." That simply means not allowing anything to come between you and your goal. You don't allow anything to sidetrack you and keep you from reaching that goal.
Then it says in verse 26, "Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright." So not only do you have to set a goal, but you also have to determine a plan on how to achieve your goal. Then you have to make sure that your plan is established and your path is ordered aright. So you have to stop and ask yourself what it's going to take to get from point A to point B. What do you need to do? What do you need to change? Who can help you achieve this goal? Examine what you can do and examine what others can do to help you. Sometimes we may need others to help us reach our goals. But it's your responsibility to consider all of these aspects in order to establish your ways and order your path.
Then it says in verse 27, "Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left…" So it is important not to be sidetracked from your goal. Pay attention to the goal at hand and focus on what you need to do in order to reach that goal.
If you don't know what your goals should be, ask God. God is there with all the energy, power, grace, and mercy that you need to help you. It says in Psalms 37:4, "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart." That's how it starts. Figure out what your desires are, and then come up with a goal. Your goal should be lined up with the Scriptures. Then keep focused on that goal, establish your ways towards achieving it, and do not be swayed away. When you follow the steps laid out in this passage, then God will bless you with success.