That is one of the most important questions a Christian should ask himself. For the thing we set before us will be as our guide and even as our god. If we set anything other than the true God before us, it will be as an idol. Christian, let nothing on this earth come between you and God. Let nothing take the place of God. Set nothing before your eyes that you have affection for if God is not in it. The Psalmist said in Psalm 101:3,
I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
I have taken this verse as my own. It helps to remind me not to look at things that are wicked—that are meant to bring me to impurity. The world is full of wickedness and impurity and there are many in it who have fallen away, who have clung to all the evil things that the world provides. I will not join their company. Instead, I have set before my eyes the Lord. The Psalmist said in Psalm 16:8,
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
What a comforting thought. When we set God before us to be our Lord, He strengthens us and stabilizes us so that nothing bothers us, nothing hinders us—“I shall not be moved.” Another verse that is a long time favorite of mine is Isaiah 50:7 (I like it the Living Bible):
Because the Lord God helps me, I will not be dismayed; therefore, I have set my face like flint to do his will, and I know that I will triumph.
Notice that all three verses have the phrase “I will set” or “I have set” in them. I thought it was interesting since these are all my favorite verses.