A Wee Eye Check Up
How’s your eyesight doing?
At Women to Women and Men for Christ we have been studying the book of Judges where we see that Israel often do what is “Evil in the eyes of the Lord”. At the end of the book we see that this evil they are doing appears “Right in their own eyes”!! Talk about seeing things differently!! God’s perspective – and the reality of the situation - couldn’t be more different from the way the Israelites were seeing things.
So it got me thinking maybe I need an eye check… (after all I don’t want to end up like them!!)
There is loads in the bible about eyes and sight and vision… here are a few things that stood out to me… its worth a wee study tho sometime if you want to dig deeper.
First up… I need to have eyes that are open to see….
Praise God there was a time he opened my blind eyes to the truth of the gospel (like in Acts 26:18)… but I still need his help to see spiritual truths… In 2 Kings 6:17 Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened so he could see clearly that those on God’s side were far greater than those on the enemies side… There is something of a spiritual reality we need to pray God will open our eyes to.
Psalm 119:18 says "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law." What a great thing to pray every day as I read the bible.
Then I need to have eyes that are NOT bad or blocked up with specks (and logs)…
Matthew 7:3-5 comically paints a picture of someone with a log in their eye trying to get a speck out of his brother’s eye… it’s an image of sin which stops us being able to see ourselves and others clearly… you can imagine the discomfort of a speck in the eye and the way it blocks you from seeing clearly, can’t you? Never mind a log!! Eye’s full of grit are not healthy.
Matthew 6:22 -23 says “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” This is talking about the health of our eyes in terms of what we most value; God and his generous grace, or worldly possessions which cause us to have bad eyesight.
I pray that we may deal with sin while it’s still at the speck stage, so that our eyes can be healthy and see clearly the true treasure in life is from God not what the world offers.
Lastly I need to fix my eyes on the right things…
Psalm 121: 1 says to “lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” And Hebrews 12:2 says: “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
These are two of many verses in the bible about where our focus should be… both are an encouragement to me to look to God for help and to look to Jesus for inspiration to keep going when it’s tough. I pray that these verses are a timely reminder to lift your eyes today to the one who’s eye is watching over you… (that is a whole other study… maybe I’ll do that for next week!!)
Here’s one of my favourite songs to reflect on these things more…