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.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37
The psalmist asks God a strange request, to turn his eyes away from worthless things. This is in a psalm that the focus is on knowing God’s Word and honoring it. What are worthless things, when looking at God’s Word?
Going through life a person can easily get distracted with things that pull them off the path they need to be on. In the workplace, two co-workers can get to talking about their past weekend adventures. This can become a worthless thing, when it distracts them from doing the work they are there to do.
While at home, people get distracted with playing games or watching TV and do not get needed work done. In a restaurant people get distracted with their phones while talking to someone at the table. Each of these things can become worthless at the time of their being done, because they do not help accomplish the current goal.
On the grand scale of eternity, many things become even more worthless. God’s Word points people on how to live for God in the best way possible. Living your best for God includes not only keeping yourself from sin, but also serving God by doing His will and serving others in this world.
It easy to get distracted by worthless things in this world. They can pull you away from spending time in God’s Word or time in prayer. They can keep you from being the witness you are supposed to be. Being a witness can be found in words and in actions, but if you are focused on self and things of this world…worthless things, you will not do what needs to be done.
As you go through this life, train your eyes to focus on what is really important and of high value. The greatest value in this world is your soul and the souls of every person on this planet. Your soul and every other person’s soul, needs to be focused on God and controlled by God, serving God.
Where are your eyes focused today?
Are they on the worthless, temporary things of this world?
Or on the eternal things of God?
I pray today that you will focus your eyes on the things God focuses on; that you will turn your eyes from worthless things; that you will focus on God’s Word; and that God will strengthen you to keep your eyes on Him.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17
Paul is praying that God would give the people of the Ephesian church the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. The purpose of this Spirit is so that they may know God better.
God is outside of man’s ability to know and understand without God revealing Himself. Man can search the entire universe and will never find God unless God reveals Himself. God does reveal Himself to man, but men must have wisdom to understand the revelation.
The world tries to state that God does not exist and that Jesus was just a man. They cannot see the ways God has revealed Himself. Their wisdom is one that comes from the devil, the world.
All of creation reveals God and who He is. Look at the stars in the sky, it shows how large God is. Look at the powerful storms on the earth, it shows how powerful God is. Look at the details of the intricacies of the body, it shows how detailed and complex God is.
These are just a few of the revelations of who God is, but it takes wisdom to know and understand them. The world just sees them as a complex, beautiful world that happened by random chance. A believer sees it and sees the hand of God.
In seeing all of these things, it can give you hope and encouragement. God is large enough and loving enough to take care of you. If God can make this universe the way He did and it works as well as it does, can He not take care of you and your day-to-day problems?
Only by God’s Spirit can you see and know who God is. You need to see Him with your spiritual eyes, not searching with just your physical eyes. God wants to be found and to be known. Accept and you His wisdom and revelation in your life.
I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will open your eyes to see Him; that God will fill you with His wisdom; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; and that you will know God in a better and more intimate way.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
Everyday every person has struggles of various types. Some days the struggles are very large, while other days they are small little ones. As people go through struggles they often get worn down and tired. Some of these struggles will actually tear the body down. Yet, Paul stated that these struggles are worth it in the end because of what they are accomplishing in light of eternity.
This is where focus comes into play. Believers are not to focus on the things that can be seen. These are things like, bills, a new car/house, latest fashions, illness, work, money, or anything like these. All of these things are things that the world strives to get and keep. Yes, a person can see them, but they are all temporary things. All these things will pass away eventually.
Think of life-like traveling down a road. As you are driving you come to a huge mountain that you must get over to the other side of. It is a difficult long drive to go up over, or around the mountain, but it must happen. As you pass over the mountain, you hit snow, bad weather, and steep climbs, but eventually you make it on the other side to your destination, despite the difficulties of the mountain and it is worth it.
In life you will have struggles, but the things that are not seen make it worth the struggle. You cannot physically see love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or eternal life. Yet, all these things you will get and more as you make it through the struggles. It is all these things that are eternal and never go away or can be taken from you.
Focus on Jesus, who you cannot physically see. Watch what God is doing in your life and in this world today. Use your spiritual eyes to see the value of living the Christian life. Do not let the things of this world get you down or crush you, they are only here for a short time, (even though it feels like eternity right now).
I pray today that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will focus on the things of God and what lasts for eternity; that you will not fear the things of this world; that God will help you not to be crushed by the struggles of today; and that God will make you more like Jesus.