You're reading this using your eyes. Think about that! Such a crucial part of the body. The eyes allow you to see what's around you, where you're going, what is at your feet, and near your head.
You use your eyes to interpret things that go on around you.
Eyes show you the bigger picture of your reality. You have several other senses, which also give you clues to your world, but your eyes let you see the immediate and important details needed to keep you safe and help you enjoy life.
Did you know there are several verses regarding eyes, and our sight, in the Bible?
Luke 11:34 says, “The eye is the lamp of the body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.”
Matthew continues that warning, “If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness?” That is very telling of the value of having clear eyesight.
Even in this emphasis on how important it is to have clear eyes, Matthew 5:29 warns, “If your right eye causes you to stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
God has given you two eyes to help you navigate through this world. Physically, but also spiritually. It is your responsibility to keep your spiritual eyes clear. But how?
What you choose to watch, gaze upon, or even just look at, contributes to the clarity of your vision. Or clouds it, causing darkness to creep in. So, how do you guard your eye gate? How do you maintain clear eyesight?
Paul gives a beautiful example in his letter to Ephesus. “I pray…” (Eph. 1:18). Prayer. A powerful eye drop, clarifying our vision.
Proverbs 4:25 teaches, “Let your eyes look directly ahead, and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.”
I think of a workhorse with blinders on, forcing its gaze straight ahead on the path it is directed to walk, work, or carry things along. If these blinders help guide the horse on the chosen path, what might be blinders you can put on to assist you in remaining focused on your path?
The secret lies within Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your law.” God’s Holy Word. Clearly, (no pun intended), God’s instruction as well as the testimonies of His faithfulness, nearness, power, and sovereignty can all keep you laser-focused on the truth and what is happening in your world.
Through His truth, you can see the lies of the enemy and the victory Christ has already won on your behalf. With His word, you can see into your own hearts, and surrender the things that bring about darkness within yourself.
In prayer, His Spirit can reveal things you need to stop doing, or throw out of your life, that you have been allowing into your eye gate.
In His presence, you have His instruction to help you navigate away from darkness and into His light.
Another verse revealing a powerful truth that helps us to have Godly vision in this dark world. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching evil and good.” (Proverbs 15:3)
He is watching you! He is aware of all the things vying for your attention, every day. Things that distract, consume, and cause darkness to take up residency within you. Use that resource you have in Him, and be still before the God who sees all; El Roi! He is for us and is helping us by His Holy Spirit.
And finally, Psalm 32:8 gives a promise you can rest and grow in. This promise can set you free when darkness threatens to creep into your vision. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
You have El Roi; the God who sees you, who is always watching you. Walking with you, guiding you, and directing your steps.
Surrender your eyes to your Creator and receive His counsel. He offers you help, and His own Godly eyesight. Let the light in!