Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. Luke 11:34
Jesus was talking to the crowd of people. He began to talk to them about a light is not put under a bowl and kept hidden. It is let out to be seen by all. Then He points out that a person’s eyes are the lamp of his body, and his body is the shining light in this world. The eyes have to be healthy in order to shine with a healthy body.
The eyes are one of the most important senses that a person can have. It is easier to survive without smelling or touch, than it is without seeing. Being able to see, can help avoid a lot of problems, if one is aware of what they are seeing and their eyes are healthy.
When a person’s eyes are not healthy, it makes it very difficult to see clearly what is happening or where a person is going. Vision gets blurred and can eventually be darkened. And this is just the physical side of sight.
There is also a spiritual side of seeing. What a person sees can have a great effect upon their life. Many people try to say that they can see any thing and not be affected by it. They will watch movies or look at porn or some other sinful thing and say it does not affect them.
What a person sees does affect them. It can numb them very quickly to what sin is. It can cause them to desire that sin, even to the point of doing that sin.
Sin is darkness no matter how you look at it. In Habakkuk, the prophet says that God’s eyes are so pure that He cannot look upon evil. As a believer you are to be just like Jesus, who is just like God. Your eyes should be so pure that you cannot look upon sin.
Do not allow your eyes to become unhealthy, and then justify why you are looking at sin. Looking at sin will only bring about death. The world will see you looking at sin and see you as just the same as them, thus nullifying the gospel message.
Are your eyes healthy or unhealthy?
I pray today that your life will be filled with the light of Jesus; that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will not desire to even look upon sin; and that you will be shining light for Jesus in this world.
My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Jeremiah 24:6-7
Jeremiah was given a vision of two baskets of figs, one of which were very good, and the other was very bad. God said that the good figs were like His people who were good and followed His commands. He would watch over them, even while it captivity and bring them back to their land. God planned to build them up again, because the followed Him with all their heart.
In themselves, no person is good. Every person is filled with sin and cannot cleanse himself. Their condition changes when they accept Jesus. He cleanses them from all sin, when they turn to Him with all of their heart.
A lot of people feel that God is only out to get them and harm them. Nothing good seems to come their way. Many will not even attempt to serve God because of the bad things that have occurred in their lives. Believers often struggle with this same challenge.
When you turn to God with all of your heart and trust Jesus for cleansing of your sin, God is more than willing to cleanse you. He will then watch over you to build you up, not tear you down. God will use the hardships of this life to make you into the person He wants you to be.
As you turn to God with all of your heart, God will turn towards you. He will work at changing your heart so that you may know Him more and more. You get to know God so that you can live the way He plans for you. God has the best plans for your life and you need to trust His plans.
Do you want to stay down in the dumps, because things are not going as you planned (in exile)?
Or do you want to trust God in the dumps to build you back up in His way and in His time?
God is watching you to build you up, not tear you down.
I pray today that you will turn to God with all of your heart; that you will obey all God’s commands; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will know God is there for you.
I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. Psalm 123:1
As a person goes through life, he usually has some people he looks up to. These are people who have meant something special in his life. Usually they have done something above and beyond that impacted his life in some great way or another.
The people looked up to may be parents, a teacher, a co-worker, a close friend, a pastor, a mentor, and the list can go on. The world often tries to look up to those who are popular and in the limelight. Many different movie, television, music, and sports stars are looked up to by many people. They are often seen as the perfect example of what one wants to be like.
Although people may have good traits to desire and look up to, they are still human and have faults.
The psalmist, in this verse, says that he looks up to the one enthroned in heaven. God is the one who is enthroned in heaven.
Since God is the one who is enthroned in heaven, He is the one who is above all and in control. It is the king who sits on the throne. It is the king who has the final word of control in any and every situation. He has absolute power.
How can this help you today?
Knowing that God is on the throne, helps you to know that no matter how the situation looks, He is still in control.
Later in this psalm, it is written that they will look to God until He shows His mercy on them. You, too, are to look to God until He shows His mercy on you.
Those in the world can guide you and help you to a point, but all of their work will only be for temporary goals and many may fall short. God’s work is for eternity and will never fail.
Keep your eyes focused on God and allow Him to guide you through the perils and challenges of this life. His goal is to make you more like Jesus everyday and to bring you into heaven to be with Him for eternity. It is not just a temporary fix for a few days, it is an eternal fix. Look up to God today.
I pray today that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will trust God to guide you; that you will know the mercy of God in your life; and that you will know Jesus is the King.