Matthew 6:22, 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
The above mentioned verse says to protect your eyes from being unhealthy. So how does one protect them?? By putting medicine or evil eye charm?? The answer is NO. A blind person cannot see what lies before him/her. Whereas an able person is able to see what he/she should and should not see and in turn pollutes the mind and the soul. The desire of the eyes takes man to the pits of sin from where its difficult to escape. The first sin too was from the desire of the eyes. Genesis 3:6, 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. When Eve Saw the forbidden fruit she was filled with desire.
David Saw Bathsheba, but seeing her was not sin. Sin was to play with her images in his mind and the actions that played out later. Adultery and murder, he violated two Laws of Moses. He had to face the consequences.
In the book of Joshua we read in 7:21, we read about Achan Saw and took a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels from enemy camp even after Joshua forbid them as per the Lord’s instructions. Due to this his whole family was destroyed.
Psalms 34:5, 5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame. This is the way how we can protect our eyes. What we desire the most to see is what we see in real too. We are drawn towards those images and sights. The sly sin within us drives us towards them. We get milk from the udder of a cow. The nature of mosquito is such that it looks for blood and sucks blood even from the udders. The honeybees search for nectar from flowers and produces honey. Whereas low beings like locusts and other insects destroy them. Among the given example where do we stand???
Matthew 5:28-29, 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. The Lord instructs us to gouge out the eye that pollutes the soul. But is man understanding the real meaning and following it?? NO. The Lord does not mean to physically gouge out the eye, instead to learn to control desire and not see that which is sinful.
Lord gave us eyes to see definitely, no doubt about that. He has given us the freedom to chose what to see and what not to. Watching TV is not unhealthy, rather it is the content which is unhealthy. The use of the internet is not harmful but what sites we browse can be harmful. Watching movies is not harmful, but the question is what do you watch-technicolor or blue??? The warning bells start to ring if the content from above said media pollutes the heart and soul through the eye. So then instead of procrastinating and putting it off for another day, lets put the Bible into action and take action. Protect our eyes from all harm.
There is a discipline to all games. If one does not follow them, he/she is thrown out of the game. Think that our eyes are like two teams. The referee is Jesus. On this earth for temporary victories we follow rules and disciplines. Since we cannot see Jesus, we feel He is not watching us. Yet those eyes follow us every second and keep watching our every move. Dear children of God, if you do not want to be thrown out of the paradise in heaven by the judge in heaven, follow His instructions carefully.
1 Samuel 16:7, 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Even the mother that gave birth to us can only see our external appearance, but our Father in heaven who created us can see our heart and our soul. James 1:13-16, 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
Next time when the desire of the eyes tempts you with the unwanted, remember the Lord who wants to SEE you next with Him in heaven fill up with tears. Don’t be the reason for those tears. May the Lord hold us strong in this step.