I visited a lady in our church this week who is suffering with degeneration of her eyes. She is blind in one eye and has had a lot of degeneration in her other eye. The doctors are trying to save her vision in her one eye because she loves to read and she would like to live out the remaining days of her life here on earth in the home where she has lived for nearly 60 years.
When I was a child, my eyes changed very rapidly and I have a very strong prescription for my glasses. So far I haven’t reached the true bifocal stage of my eyeglasses but am in the transition stage.
I am highly thankful that, even though my eyes are the best they could be, nevertheless I don’t have serious difficulties with them.
Joe Thorn, a fellow blogger and pastor, has had some recent problems with his eyes and it lead him to consider what the Bible says about our eyes from a spiritual perspective. He recorded the following six observations in his journal that I think are worth remembering:
1. My eyes must be turned from evil.
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.
2. My eyes should be set on the God who saves.
My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
3. My eyes should be set on God’s steadfast love.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.
4. My eyes should be set on his word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
5. My eyes should be fixed on fixed on Christ.
…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Heb. 12:1, 2)
6. God sees.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.
(2 Chronicles 16:9 ESV)
Read more of Joe’s observations here.
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