How’s your eyesight?
I traveled to Macon not long ago to participate in a meeting with a group of pastors, who, like me, have been appointed to serve on a newly formed leadership team.
I am always honored to be asked to serve in any capacity that can be helpful and encouraging to others, and I believe that the team that our state superintendent has invited me to become a part of will be an opportunity to do that.
As is often the case when we convene for lengthy business, lunch was provided.
To conserve time, our food was brought to the state office where we were meeting; all we had to do at lunch time was walk across the hall and indulge in a delightful lasagna meal.
As I sat at the table with several of my colleagues—some of whom I knew and others that I did not—enjoying my lunch, I noticed a special detail. Included with all the trimmings, each meal came with one of those little foil packets containing a moist towel to clean the fingertips afterwards—or at least, so I thought.
After I finished eating, I tore into that little packet to clean my hands only to find that the packet did not contain the moist towel that I had expected, but, instead, some kind of topping for the meal; I still do not know for certain if it was grated cheese or something else since I got rid of it as quick as I could before the guys at the table asked what I planned to do with the topping I had just opened since I had already finished eating.
It goes without saying that that was an embarrassing moment!
Yet I take comfort that not a one of them said a word about what I did.
Maybe none of them noticed.
My little incident really does not matter so much in the bigger picture of life, but how we see things spiritually does matter in the much more important eternal realm.
In our day, with a vast and steady array of religious thoughts being flung at us, we cannot afford to allow our spiritual eyesight to become obscured, causing us to be deceived into adopting actions, attitudes and lifestyles that do not line up with God’s Word.
Admittedly, my eyesight is not as clear as it used to be. I do not have an eye disease; it is merely part of the price I have to pay for being past 50. But there is a simple step that I can take that offers real help—wearing my glasses. When I refuse to put them on, as the account above reveals, it can result in less than desirable situations.
In like manner, we need to take the necessary measures to improve our spiritual sight.
One step is to ask God to help us see more clearly the direction He has for us in His Word. Psalm 119 records this plea, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law” (Verse 18, NIV).
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
When we prayerfully spend time with God in meditation upon His Word, we are taking a huge step toward equipping ourselves with protection from the deceptive devices that Satan uses to blur our spiritual sight and cause us to fall into ways that displease God.