Contemporary English Version (CEV)
When driving somewhere, where do you focus your vision -- on the road ahead, or what you left behind?
We look forward to what God has in store for us. We look forward to the future that is unfolding before us. Think of driving to the Rocky Mountains -- they unfold before your windshield far before you reach there, but they keep your vision focused on them.
In the same way, it is important for us to keep our eyes fixed on the promises of God -- they draw us closer, reminding us of the reasons we remain faithful, even as we hit potholes and find other obstacles on the road of life. Even if the car breaks down or runs into the ditch, the promises of God remain, ever fixed before us, true because they are of God and depend on him, not us. God is good, and God is faithful, and even death is not enough to derail his promises.