Guarding the Windows to the Soul
William Shakespeare said the eyes are the windows to the soul. God says they are the lamp of the body. If the eyes are good, the body is full of light. If they are bad, the body is full of darkness. Luke 11:34
The eyes, representing what we focus on and attend to, can fill us with light (goodness) or darkness (evil). They are the opening of our soul through which things flow. Therefore, we have to be very careful what we focus on and bring into our soul because it affects our entire body, soul and spirit.
The past couple of days I have been thinking about the significance of this truth.
What do I focus on throughout the day? What am I taking into my soul? Is it good, helpful, productive or is it negative, destructive, and misleading? What we allow to come into our souls either leads us to or away from God and His truth. And lately little things have been trying to slip in that shouldn’t be.
It is amazing how the world’s philosophies creep into our lives. Constantly the world is pursuing us to trust in its ways, to focus on its concerns, and to be enraptured by its fears. And it is relentless in its pursuit. It wants to own us and take us captive to do its will. 2 Timothy 2:26 And often it is so subtle we don’t recognize it for what it is – contrary to God’s truth. Here are three subtleties that often try to creep into my life.
Our physical health. Who or what do we look to for healing; drugs, pharmaceuticals, doctors, or natural remedies? God is our healer. The things of this world can remedy pains but without God they are useless. Asa, one of the kings of Judah, looked to the physicians and not to God and died as a result. 2 Chronicles 16:12-13. God created many wonderful remedies and often uses them to heal and restore, but without God working in them, those things are worthless. He is their potency. He is life. The only reason they work is His mercy. When we start to trust in them, we lose focus, the world creeps in and darkness starts to take over.
Our soul’s health. What or who do we trust for our soul’s health; self-help books, programs, seminars, or therapists? There are many truths out there about our inner health and what helps and what hurts, but who are we trusting to do that work in us? We are to trust God. Philippians 2:13 He works in us as Master Creator. When we follow the world’s methods it is like putting band aids over gushing wounds. When we trust God He is a diligent surgeon who heals us through and through. I have walked both paths – there is no comparison between the work we try to do and what God does in us. Yet, sometimes the world’s ways still tempt me.
Our provision. Do we trust in this world’s system to provide? When our paycheck comes from our boss it is easy to start trusting in him, our work, our abilities, or our skills to provide for us. When we think God is too slow in bringing what we want or need we become like the Israelites at the bottom of Mount Sinai. Exodus 32 When Moses was gone too long, they made a golden calf to trust and worship. When we feel God takes too long in providing we justify He needs our help and we start concocting our own schemes to provide. God is in control of our paths, not us, and not another man. God gives us a job to do. We need to do that work following His lead and leave the provision up to Him.
Those of the world only have this world for their help and hope. They have to trust it because it is all they have. But as God’s bride, we are called out of this world and are to trust Him for everything. We are no longer alone in this world or left to its whims. As our Husband, God wants to provide all. We live by a different set of rules. We live by a different power and strength – not ours but His. We have God Almighty on our side working for and in us. Therefore, we don’t have to worry and chase after these things as the world does. We are free from being concerned about them because God has moved in as our provider in every area. He takes care of our lives so we can focus on Him. Matthew 6:24-34
When we focus on God and His truth, we are pouring light into our souls. We are filling our eyes with His goodness and our bodies, souls and spirits thrive. If we flood our eyes with the concerns of this world then we are pouring in darkness and our lives will suffer.
Guard your eyes, the windows to your soul, for they determine if you live a life abundantly in Him or a life of lack trapped in the schemes of this world.
March 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm
Rachel, that message really convicted me. The eyes can be used by the enemy to weaken us in our faith. WHAT DO WE WATCH ON TELEVISION? And how long do we watch tv? I am so convinced that watching television has become a god to so many of us. That is why Jesus said, “If your right eyes causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away” Matt. 5:29. I think he was looking into the future and giving us this warning. We don’t need to take out our eye…. just need to take out those things in our lives that don’t bring glory to God.
March 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Marianne, so true, we need to remove those things from our lives that cause us to stumble. Not easy sometimes, but necessary.
March 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Yes, it is sooo important to guide our eyes! I know that I strive to be careful what I “feed” myself of in this world, but it’s hard somedays too. May God give us extra super-spiritual strength and wisdome to always be guided by his light of truth, hope , and love. God bless, robin
March 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Yes and Yes again, Robin!
March 20, 2009 at 6:51 pm
Hi it’s been a while but glad I was able to stop by today- a very nourshing message. guarding the eyes- as always think about guarding my heart and the two go together-now I will focusing on guarding them both together- for the eyes see first and if I stop there it will never reach my heart. Thanks for such wonderful food for my soul,
March 22, 2009 at 9:55 pm
Rachel, I appreciate your words of encouragement and stand in agreement with you. I have a granddaughter who tells me she instantly looks away so she doesn’t have to see something offensive. If only we would be of childlike guidance and let the Lord prompt us to turn away and be holy as he is holy. I would like to add your site to our “meet our friends” list at our website with your permission. It would be great if others could visit and read what the Lord gives you to write. Just let me know. Be blessed and keep writing.
In grace alone, Sheila
March 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm
Absolutely you can add me. Thanks for your encouraging words.