Watch What You Watch

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

─ Matthew 6:22-23 ESV

One verse of a children’s song, copyrighted by Zondervon Music Publishers in 1956, encourages children to guard their hearts by being watchful about what they chose to look at.

O be careful little eyes what you see,

O be careful little eyes what you see

For the Father up above

He’s looking down in love,

So, be careful little eyes what you see.

Job, a servant of God said, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman” (Job 31:1 NLT). Job made sure he would not commit adultery because he promised his eyes they would not even look at a woman lustfully. Job’s wisdom kept him from sin. He knew there were some things he didn’t need to see, as well as what has been seen cannot be unseen.

Your ability to see the world clearly from God’s perspective is your spiritual vision. What you see can weaken your spiritual defenses and cloud your spiritual vision. That’s why Jesus said, “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:22-23 NLT).

The best way to be sure you have good eyes is to stay focused on God.

Today’s One Thing

Is there anything in your life you wish you could unsee? What things might you be looking at today that could your ability to know what God wants you to do? Do you have self-serving desires or ungodly interests? Take inventory and ask God to restore your focus and help you watch what you watch from this day forward.

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