Daily Devotional: Day 119
“The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness” (Luke 11:34-35, NKJV).
Look carefully at today’s Bible text, because Jesus is revealing to us a profound truth about our eye that we don’t often hear about. Buckle up, and let’s listen to what the Divine Eye Doctor has to say. Let’s unpack Jesus’ words sentence by sentence.
The first important statement Jesus makes is, “The lamp of the body is the eye” (If I were you, I would memorize this Scripture!). A lamp’s purpose is to bring light to a place. The point Jesus is making is that your body is like a place or a room. The source of light which brings light to this room is your eyes. This is powerful revelation. It means the level of light or darkness in your body depends on the right functioning of your eyes. Therefore, the health of your body depends on the health of your eyes. This is the point Jesus makes next. He says, “when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” A good eye brings light into your body-room. But a bad eye leaves your body in total darkness. Then, Jesus adds the following admonition: “Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.” His point is, take care that your eye does not become a bad eye. At this point, you might be asking, “So, how do I know my eye is good or bad?” Relax, the Bible has the answers.
Since we don’t have the whole day to dissect everything in this passage, let me point out a simple bible truth. A bad eye is an eye that permits itself to desire whatever opposes the law of God. And a good eye is the eye that turns away from evil passions, lusts, envy, etc. and keeps its focus instead on things that please God. The human eye, if not brought under control, almost always lusts after things. Don’t look far. It all started in the garden of Eden. Listen to this: “So when the woman [Eve] saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate” (Genesis 3:6, bold emphasis added). This was the first time the human eye was let loose to desire what opposed the law of God. You know the rest of the story.
Anytime you allow your eye to lust after things that are detrimental to your Christian calling, you are turning your eye into a bad eye; and this will bring darkness into your body. Think for a minute about how the Devil tempted Eve. The Bible says that Eve saw that the tree was pleasant to the eyes and desirable. Next time you land on something or someone that seems pleasant to your eyes, pause and ask yourself if God would be pleased where your eyes want to take you.
Due to time and space limitation, I shall pause today’s Devotional here. There are some important angles to this topic that I believe should be covered. So, God willing, I shall present Part II of this message tomorrow. Until then, take good care of your eyes.
I leave you with the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pray to the Father about today’s message.
For further study: 1 John 2:15-16