You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

Deuteronomy 5: 32

There is an old popular usage expression “wandering eyes”. It almost never has anything to do with a person’s ability to direct the eyes by use of muscle control. It has everything to do with the orientation of the heart and the exercise of control over the mind. Although this expression mostly refers to men and to times when our interest in women heads off into the realm of sin, it can actually be applied to both men and women and it can relate to many situations and circumstances. Likewise, I am certain that Moses was not talking about political orientation in the text; yet, this concept applies completely to the way that we engage in our political systems and processes.

We humans are a wandering-eyed lot. We have a very hard time staying satisfied with where we are, with the path we are traveling along, and with the life that we are living. That isn’t all bad. In fact, I think that God has designed into us a certain amount of a restless spirit. It is this desire for something more that often prompts us to seek Christ. It is also a desire to bring Christ into more of our world that causes people to abandon comfort and safety in order to answer God’s call to service. So there must be righteous wandering as well as the sinful form of the same.

I think that the context of Moses’ words is helpful. He was in the midst of a great journey. He was leading people in their answer to God’s calling for them. He was living out his own righteous mission. The spiritual risk that they encountered along the way came in many forms, but, whatever that form, it always involved turning away from the face of God and His proclaimed truth in order to pursue the world’s glittering image of security or pleasure. Here are a few facts the journey that is this life. We all travel the road that lies before us. In Christ, He is the one who opens the map for our journey. God has established the truth of His holiness; so, He commands us to keep our eyes fixed upon and our hearts oriented toward Him. Christ’s glorious presence will lead His people through the land that is before us so that we can live well and prosper as we dwell in the center of God’s will.