Look away

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.
Psalms 119:37 NKJV

The psalmist understands an incredible truth.

What we see, what we spend time looking at, really does leave a mark on our hearts and minds.

Whether we understand the full affects or not, what we look at makes a difference.

Do you recall, the first time, as a child seeing something you wanted.

It wasn’t a glance, it was a stare.

As adults, we have a choice.

What do we spend time looking at?

What is engaging our brains?

Even if it’s, so called “entertainment” or “just to relax” what we watch goes in.

And in some form it comes back out.

As a child, seeing that item, it was probably verbally.

“Mommy, I want…”

As adults, it takes on all kinds of different forms.

It can affect our thoughts, our attitudes, our actions, and our words.

All because of what we are looking at.

So when the psalmist said, “Turn away my eyes…” he was asking God to help him.

To guide his heart and mind into focusing on God, instead of worthless things.

Learning where to look and guiding our eyes away from worthlessness is an effort as well as a practiced action.

It’s not a once and done.

Looking away from worthlessness is to purposefully choose to look at something else.

At the start of the new year, a family member shared with me their purposeful choice.

“Instead of social media, I’m reading my Bible. I’ve downloaded an app, so when I catch myself on my phone, I choose to open the Bible app instead.”

How encouraging!

Each of us are different and therefore we all need to start where the psalmist did when dealing with this.

Go to God.

Ask Him:

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.
Psalms 119:37 NKJV

Then follow through.

Make it a habit by continually revisiting the subject.

“Am I looking at worthless things, Lord?

If so, please show me, quickly, so I can look away.”

Let us all follow Job’s example:

Job 31:1a KJV — I made a covenant with mine eyes;…

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