Through the Bible in One Year

Day 95

Luke 11:33-36

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light. Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. Take care, then, that the light in you is not darkness. If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.” (CSB)

The eye is the body’s gateway to light and images—both physically and spiritually.  If the eye is healthy, then a person can fully receive and use light and determine clearly what an image truly is.  But if a person’s eyes are blinded or weakened, then darkness will change or twist what lies before them and affect what they can do.  This passage has both literal and symbolic implications.

We must be careful what we choose to view and take into our lives through our eyes.  Our physical and spiritual eyes take in only what we expose ourselves to.  If images and ideas are ungodly and evil, they will cloud and corrupt our minds spiritually and keep us from following God and his purposes.

When people’s spiritual eyes—that is their attitudes, motives and desires—are directed toward God and his purposes, the light of his Word enters their hearts to produce the blessing, benefits, character traits and outward evidence of spiritual salvation and devotion to God.  But if their desires and not focused on things of God then God’s revelation and truth are hidden.

We must continually examine our lives to make sure that our spiritual eyes are open and clear from sin so that God’s Word can purify, renew and transform our lives inwardly and outwardly.  This is the question that we must ask ourselves:  Do we respond to the teaching or reading of God’s Word with a spirit that reflects true love for him, a deepening hunger for his Word and the desire to serve his purposes?  Or in spite of all the Godly messages and Bible teaching we have received, is there a spiritual dryness and deadness in our souls that keeps us troubled and enslaved to sin?  If that is the case, you should confess your sins, open your heart to God, turn from your own way and begin following God’s light and purposes again.  With your spiritual eyes opened, you will see that there is no room compromise.

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Deuteronomy 29-30, Luke 11:37-12:7, Psalm 78:1-31 and Proverbs 12:19-20

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