Read II Samuel 11:2-3, Luke 11:33-36
Charles Darwin wrote extensively explaining and defending his theory of evolution. His theory seemed plausible, but one particular issue was troubling: the eye. The eye is arguably the most complex structure in the natural world. The eye can distinguish and convert to electrical signals features of the physical world and then transmit these signals to the brain through the optic nerve. The eye has the ability to focus on objects both near and far away. It can adjust to dim and bright light conditions. The eye can move in its socket to follow motion. It can distinguish color and shades of grey. Darwin was unable to explain the complexity of the eye through the evolutionary process. He once said, “Every time I see a peacock, it makes me sick,” referring to the many “eyes” in the tail feathers. Of the 5 senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste), sight may easily be the most important! Your vision is a precious gift from the Creator and should be protected from harm.
Your eyes are a window to the world. What your eyes look upon is imprinted in your brain, stored in the library of your memory. We often have visual memories of things that we saw as a child. The Bible warns us to be careful what we look at. David said, “I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.” (Psalm 101:3a NIV) One of the greatest temptations for men today is pornography. Sensual images pour into our minds through the window of the eye. Things such as immodest fashions, girly magazines, internet porn, television and movies and even commercial advertising use the avenue of sight to appeal to man’s baser instincts. David fell into moral disaster when he was walking on his rooftop one evening and gazed upon a beautiful woman bathing. The visual impression lingered in his mind, creating a desire for her despite the fact that she was another man’s wife. The end results were adultery, pregnancy, deceit, conspiracy, murder, the death of a child and loss of integrity. Would to God that David could go back and re-live that fateful night and choose a better path!
What you look at makes a difference! Jesus said, “Your eye is the lamp of the body…See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.” (Luke 11:34-35 NIV) Many men fall into lust and immorality by allowing sensual images to imprint on their minds. David made a covenant with his eyes that he would turn them away from vile things. God is calling us to that same challenge. Now is the time to make needed and necessary changes in the use of our eyes. Safety glasses protect our eyes from flying objects. A determined will protects our eyes from gazing and lingering on sensual things.
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for the precious gift of sight. As good stewards, we commit to guarding our eyes from both physical and moral harm. Remind us of Your call to holiness when we are tempted to compromise. Let King David be a reminder to us of the terrible consequences of bad choices. Preserve us and guide us into Your perfect will, O Lord. AMEN