Taking Care Of Your Eyes

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God has a lot to say about our eyes.  They are far more important than carnal man understands.

At first observance, our eyes are merely for seeing the physical things around us in order that we be able to make good judgments about the physical space we choose to place our own body, and it’s parts, to obtain the things we desire as well as to keep our physical being safe.

Upon further maturation, our eyes are used to observe the physical presence of other animate things, and how the environment, animals or people interact with other such physical beings–may this be in person, or through the development of computers or television.

One very important thing about them specifically that God tells us about our eyes is their human function and how to get the best use of them.

God reveals to us that our vision is the result of light

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light                                    Matthew  6:22


Without light, we cannot see.  Without opening our eyes, we cannot let the light in.  When our eyes open, they are like turning on a lamp to our brains, and looking deeper, into our souls.

When our eyes are closed, or not functioning, our feet cannot “see” where to step.  Our hands cannot “see” what to touch.  Our bodies cannot “see” where to sit.


If we want our bodies to see what they are to do, we need healthy eyes

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light                                    Matthew  6:22


If we want to be full of light that we may see and walk by, then by His Word, we must keep our eyes healthy.  We are not just talking about simply the ability to see or not.  We are talking about the things we choose to gaze upon.  We are talking about the sense that we choose to use or not.

We cannot turn our nerves off to keep from feeling a hot stove burner.  We cannot choose to close our ears so as not to hear a person yelling in close proximity.  We cannot choose to close our nostrils to avoid the smell of a skunk six feet away.  We cannot choose to tell our taste buds to stop tasting that red hot pepper in our mouth.

But we can choose to close our eyes to something in front of us.  We can choose not to look.  We can choose not to let in that refractory of light which is detestable to a Holy God.  We can choose not to partake of the cancer that would be brought into our souls.


We can keep our eyes healthy by not looking at sinful things

Sinful things tempt us when we look at them, simple enough.  I don’t think this is a shock to anyone.

A lonely girl will tempt herself by looking at the boy who is off-limits.  A woman with a shopping addiction tempts herself by window shopping and “just looking” on-line.  Jesus tells us,

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.                                                                                     Matthew 5: 28


We are wise to heed His warnings, and when we know something is tempting us, keep it from our vision.  This is helpful not only in the case of sin, but also things that may not be sin but would be unhealthy for us.  For example, if we know we need to get to bed early, we would be wise not to turn on the television “just for one show.”

Having a problem “casting not your eyes?”  Here is a beautiful Psalm to proclaim and pray over yourself or another who is tempted:

I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is worthless.                                        Psalm 101:3a


After proclaiming this, make a plan as to how you will work toward keeping this goal.  Praise God when He has kept your from temptation and continue to pray this over yourself.  Keep diligently working toward this goal with His help.

Remember, He made us to have free will.  He’s not going to do all the work for us–but if we are willing to work toward this and seek His guidance, He is more than capable.

God tells us why we should keep our eyes healthy. Here's how to start, and scripture to pray over yourself and loved ones.

Feeling brave?  Tell me how you are keeping your eyes healthy or leave a prayer to strengthen all of us Sisters.


9 thoughts on “Taking Care Of Your Eyes

  1. Great post and so true, thank you for sharing. We have turned off our television from watching anything other than DVDs. This definitely helps keep our eyes off unhealthy and evil things, we still need to be careful with DVDs though. Thanks and blessings.

    1. My husband has wired the internet into our TV, but other than internet and DVDs, I think our families have chosen the same route there–and I applaud you. It’s so hard to control everything you see, but starting with what you choose to let into (or not let into) our homes is a good start.

  2. I love this rich post about our eyes and our vision. ‘The eye is the lamp of the body’ a needed reminder for me to ‘watch’ what I let in. Thanks!

  3. What a profound truth we need to keep ever before our eyes. 🙂 I talk about this with my kids often. I ask them to test it with Philippians 4…. Is whatever is before them good, lovely, true, and of a good report, etc. And I am challenged and pricked myself with what I have let seep in easily because we are so desensitized by the world’s noisy pictures that we sometimes miss the offense at first.
    Thank you for a very vivid and important reminder to keep our eyes free from the sin that steals His peace.

  4. I agree with Dawn that we are desensitized by this world. We too, only do dvd’s, but having been a mom for 22 years and a Believer for 9:)…..I am VERY much aware the internet can be equally tempting. Even for a homebody like me and homeschooled children. PARTICULARLY in lusting “STUFF”. We don’t do facebook, etc. But it aeems there ia always somethin. Someone wants to “look up real quick”, and it often has to do with getting something. I have also found myself guitly of self pity reading how other women cqn feed thier families wonderful organic foods most of the time, etc—-and going along with that searching foR the “perfect health diet” so we may live forever diseaase free I joke of course, but reading and reading about HEALTH has led me to a place, many a time, to not trusting THE GREAT PHYSICIAN AND PROVIDER with our health and ultimately, our lives. I hope you don’t mind the long post, God bless:)

    1. I don’t mind at all 🙂 .
      Thank you for sharing your insight. I think most of us want and are doing the best we can to provide for our family with His help–even though He helps and provides for each of our families in different and unique ways. If only there was a way to only read what inspired us instead of what drew out pity and jealousy. I have been there too…

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