Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Distracted. That’s how I’d describe most of the people I see on the road during my daily commute to work. That guy who almost cut me off? Texting. The lady who rolled through a stop sign? Checking her makeup. Me, driving a little too fast? Paying too much attention to what other people are doing.


On the road, we can switch into mental autopilot mode, hit cruise control, and take our eyes off the path that we need to stay focused on all too easily. This puts our own lives and the lives of others at risk.


But our wandering attentions don’t stop with driving. Many people live in a constant state of distraction.


If we’re not careful, we can walk through life with our eyes open but without actually looking at where we’re going. It takes focus, diligence, and intentionality to keep our eyes open and alert to reach our destination.


So where are we trying to go? If we’re children of God, there’s only one answer: to be with Him.


1 Peter 1 reminds us that God has shown amazing mercy toward us. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we can be born again to a living hope: an inheritance that is perfect and will remain perfect in heaven for eternity.  And as children of God, this inheritance is ours to claim—but it’s ready at the end of a path that includes trials, temptations, and suffering. 

Satan uses these trials to divert our attention and cause us to look away from God.

God uses these trials to test our faith and draw us closer to Him.

When we face trials, we need to remember that God is near us. Going through these trials tests our faith, and it is genuine faith that brings honor and glory to God. Genuine faith allows us to see that God is with us, on our side, and by our side every step of the way.  Suffering in this life should serve as a constant reminder to look for God for strength and guidance. How we handle suffering becomes a way for others to see Christ in us and to look for God.


Travel intentionally. We have clear guidance about where we should be going and how to get there:

Matthew 6:33

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Matthew 7:21

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 16:24

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”


Know where you’re going. Following the narrow path is a commitment that requires effort and focus. We have to put away or get away from what distracts us from our goal and takes our eyes off of God. Our priorities are reflected in what we actually spend time on. How much time do you spend time seeking God through his word and looking for opportunities to show God to others? As children of God, we have an amazing inheritance that will be ours if we seek Him. It’s an inheritance we can share with the people around us, and as we go through life, we should make it our aim to help bring others to the family of God.

Those who see God are those who seek for God.

Those who seek God are those who see God.

Do we behave in a way that shows we have faith in God, that we believe we are his heirs, and that we will see Him face-to-face one day? Are you seeking him? Recognize that keeping your eyes on God is the way that leads to life.


If we live in such a way that our faith is genuine—that we wholeheartedly trust that God is in control and can deliver us from every trial this earth holds—our example can shine the kind of light that will help those lost in the darkness and distracted by the world to begin to see the Son.