READ: Proverbs 10, Mark 14, 2 Peter 1
TURN YOUR EYES
The Bible is pretty clear about the anatomy of the soul: what goes into the heart enters by the eyes and what comes out of the heart exits by the mouth. In order to feed our soul we must be judicious about our eyes. The eye is the lamp of the body, and if the eye be single (pure, focused on the right things), then the whole body is full of light (Matt. 6:22). It is vital that we turn our eyes towards God’s heart and away from man’s words.
Turn your eyes to the Bible. The Psalmist asks for help in turning his eyes away from worthless things (Psalm 119:35), and goes on to ask for revival in the words of God. The eye is the only muscle of the body that can work uninterrupted and un-resting. We need to have an untiring eye for the Scriptures, for the words and truth of Jesus. Our hearts and souls are fed through the practical mechanism of ingesting large (or deep) portions of Scripture on a daily basis. The Bible is like bread; yesterday’s bread does not nourish–no matter how sweet it was. I need fresh manna for my soul every morning. We turn our eyes to the Bible and away from our own foolish words.
Turn your eyes to the harvest. Proverbs 10 mentions the futility of empty words multiple times. Prating fools fall, and lazy sons cause shame. It is annoying to God when we observe the lost but do not reach out to them. “He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame . . . . As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy man to those who send him” (Prov. 10:5, 26). Missionaries are not immune from laziness, nor from a growing dichotomy between their rhetoric and their action. We must continually look at what Jesus is fixed upon–and Jesus is staring at the harvest. We turn our eyes to those who do not have access to the gospel and away from self-congratulation. More weeping, less cheering.
Turn your eyes to His majesty. Peter reminds us that we are eyewitnesses of the majesty of Jesus (2 Peter 1:16). Though we are prone to darkness (not seeing well), the day dawns and the morning star rises in our hearts (v. 19), and it is not until we look at the light that we truly see the darkness. It is in looking to Jesus that words (our own and others) are purified and clarified. When we see Jesus clearly, His light goes through our eyes into our soul where it kindles a fire and we begin to speak as we are moved by the Holy Spirit (v. 21). We turn our eyes to Jesus and away from cunning fables; the result is Spirit-empowered speech–the prophetic word on fire. The only way we escape the condemnation of our own mouths is to fix our eyes on the Bible, on the harvest, and on Jesus, the divine Majesty.