Don’t Be Deceived by The Power of the YOUR Eyes
Have you ever saw something that just caught your eyes? Like walking through the mall or an electronic store and you saw something that just calls to you. You don’t know why, you can’t shake it but all you know is that you must have it. Without truly thinking it over we don’t ask ourselves do I really need it or can I truly afford this want at this particular time. We just go about getting the very thing we want. Relationships can be the same way. You see someone that catches your eye and you think to yourself, I must have him or her. Before you know it what you didn’t want becomes an insatiable need & desire.
We must be very careful that our eyes don’t deceive us into getting something that we are not yet ready to handle or maintain. In the next couple of paragraph’s I’m going to do a case study on “The Power of the Eyes” and I pray that you ponder on this concept and it gives room for plenty of food for thought. Enjoy!
Many have heard the story of creation and how God created every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. Let’s note the first thing that is written, the trees were pleasant to the sight. Since the beginning God has always had our physical vision in mind and was created for our pleasure. After God created Adam and showed him his new “pad”. He also gave his a command about his new dwelling place. God pointed out to him “do not” eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil or he would die. Keep that in mind as you continue to read on.
After God created the man he created a female for him. Another instance where sight played a huge roll in mans life was “seeing” this beautiful woman God was presenting to Adam. Adam instantly knew who she was, and named her before touching her and identified confirmed and acknowledged her to God and all creation. Eve for all it’s worth was a beautiful woman. When your eyes get fixated on something that you want and desire, you should always identify what it is to you and/or your need for it to God. He should be in every decision you make in your life.
Let’s fast forward to Eve’s conversation with the serpent. The bible says that the serpent was more cunning than any other beast that God created. The serpent decided to have a subtle interrogation with Eve on the relevance of the trees in the garden and after that conversation Genesis 3:6 says, “So when the woman “saw” that the tree was good for food, that is was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, She also gave to her husband with her and he ate”.
It’s it funny that when we’re being disobedient we always want someone to go along for the ride and we forget the warning that usually came to us prior to committing the act. (smh!)
As I studied this “power of the eyes” I was reminded of several instances where the eyes has had powerful effects on individuals. Let’s take a look at several others. How about Jacob and Rachel? Genesis 29 tells of the story of Jacob meeting his future wives Leah & Rachel. In reading this story we notice that Jacob took a look at Rachel and fell in love with her. He came to this woman at a time when he was shamed, an outcast and feeling guilt for what he had done to his brother Esau. Upon seeing Rachel and knowing that she was his kin, he performed a service to help her, introduced himself and kissed her (a brotherly kiss). When speaking with her father he asked for her hand in marriage and was willing to work for her. I found it interesting that although Jacob loved Rachel and loved her he did not over step the boundaries to have her. He agreed to the terms “her father” set and proceed to do them. In verse 20 it reads, And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her. When you see something you want and desire and you know the value of it, you will work hard to achieve it. You will also follow the terms and agreements in order to ensure you get it. In other words you will be “obedient”.
Isn’t this how our father in heaven does with us. God doesn’t deny us something we see (unless it’s totally against his will for our lives) he usually has us wait for a time before he gives it. We go through a time of testing to make sure we are humbled and ready to take on the responsibility. I am reminded of something my mother use to always tell me, “Until you work for something that’s the only way you truly appreciate it”.
Needless to say Jacob got more from his working towards Rachel hands. He worked another 7 years but he had two wives and was a very rich man.
I wanted to introduce another young man who had a love at first sight experience by the name of Shechem.
Shechem saw Jacobs daughter Dinah and the bible says in Genesis 34: 1-3 “Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had born to Jacob, went out to see the daughters of the land. V2 And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her and lay with her, and violated her. V3. His soul was strongly attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the young woman and spoke kindly to the young woman.
We see here that Shechem took what he saw but that he genuinely loved Dinah. He was even willing to go through the pain of being circumcised to get the woman he wanted. The problem with Shechem is he went about it the wrong way. Upon seeing the woman, he should have asked for a meeting with her father and asked for her hand in marriage. Instead he took what he saw by disobeying the law by raping Dinah. No matter what he felt in his heart for the woman there is always a mandate of how one must handle what they see and want. When reading this story I felt sorry for Shechem, why? Because he loved her but ended up fueling the anger of Dinah’s brothers who plotted revenge for the disrespect towards their sister. So not only did Shechem loose his life but the lives of all the men in the city. WOW!!! Not only did the men die, but the city was plundered of all their riches and the dead men’s families were taken.
If Shechem only new that he let his eyes get the best of him and taking what didn’t belong to him would end his life and the life others, I’m sure he would have acted differently.
God has always shown us that obedience to him outweighs your love and loyalty to another. Your loyalty to him and his word must be first and foremost in your life. Nothing comes before the word of the Lord. NOTHING!
You should know, no one is exempt from “the power of the eyes” even God’s chosen man/woman can fall into sin from allowing their eyes to guide them into a situation that is against the will of God. Y’all know how it is ladies when you’re trying to get the attention of a man you’ve had your eye on. You find out as much information about the man, from his favorite color, where he hangs out, his church, his gym, etc. Now before you know it, you’ve put the plan in your mind in action and the next thing you know you’re at his church with his favorite color dress on and making sure you’re in close proximity when it’s time for meet and greet. You want to make sure to flash those pearly whites in his direction. Oh don’t act like you haven’t done that. Maybe it wasn’t at church, maybe the grocery story, or in the office, or at the gym, or perhaps he’s a member of a political group you’ve been watching and what better time for you to get involved. Oh don’t think she is talking about herself not me. Fellas, I’m sure when you see a woman that captures your eye, you go out of your way to get her attention. You pull out all the SWAG moves. You come to church as if you just left the GQ photo shoot or you just so happen to be on the machine next to her at the gym wearing workout gear that shows off all your biceps and triceps. Your focus is to catch her eye and once you know you got that you got her. Right?
We are shown many who had an “eye” problem and what it cost them. Let’s look at another gentleman that many Christian admire greatly. He was handsome, a writer, a warrior, a king and a man after God’s own heart. Yes, you guessed my boy King David. David had what some call today “Holy Swag”. He’s the dream man for many Christian women. He dripped with power and he was a man of God. Ooooweee some of y’all are swooning now just thinking about it. LOL!!!
Although David had all that “holy swag” jumping off, he was a man who had many struggles and challenges in life. One of those was a woman named Bathsheba. King David could have anything and any woman he wanted but instead he chose a married woman he saw bathing that caught his eye and imagination. Isn’t it funny how the minute we see something we want, we immediately start with a plan of action to get it. We operate in stealth mode to set things in motion.
In 2 Samuel 11 we are presented with what has been called “David’s Great Sin”.
2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, “I am with child.”
Bathsheba ended up having an adulterous affair with him. David new the law of God and knew that what he did was wrong. In order to try to justify his action he immediately put a plan of action in place to “cover up” his sin. He not only thinks of the plan but he recruits other to be a part of his scheme. Isn’t that just like us, we need someone else to be a part of our mess. We need someone to co-sign for us so we feel okay with our action. Smh!!!
How many times have you sinned and to tried to cover it up? You think up many excuses to hide/cover up where you were or you try to deny that it was you involved?
Well just like Eve, David did not think of the consequences of his action and what it would cost him or anyone else for that matter when he crossed the lines of disobedience. All he knew was his eyes saw what his heart desired and he went for it. In all David’s plotting to get this woman he ended up killing Bathsheba’s husband, being rebuked by the Prophet Nathan and loosing the child that Bathsheba was carrying. All because his eyes saw something that he wanted but it belonged to another. Not only did physical death follow but also David sins had a ripple effect with his children.
Why does it seem when our eyes are fixated on something and we go against the will of God to get it, death seems to follow? Be it spiritual death or physical death.
Clearly sight is extremely important and deadly. In our society today visual advertisement is key to selling a product, a service even an idea. Companies spend millions in marketing and advertisement. If they can appeal first to your sight, then they know it’s only a matter of time before the image is embedded in your mind and you will act on the impulse to go and get the very thing they advertised. What’s interesting is many times you don’t want or need what they are advertising but because you have seen it and the image imprinted on your subconscious you go for the gusto. Millions of people end up in debt for purchasing items they truly don’t need or they are not ready for the responsibility of it.
Parents do this with children all the time. Kids get excited about seeing a new gadget toy and they say I want that. I have had this conversation with my daughter many of times. She says, mommy I want that and I ask do you even know what it is? Can you even operate the thing? Do you know how much it cost of that puppy? Are you going to clean up after that animal? Are you ready for the responsibility? I’m sure I’m not the only parent that has had this conversation. I heard my mother voice come out of my mouth many of times. You only want it because you’ve “seen” it. In other words, I didn’t even know that it existed before I laid eyes on it. We are this way when it comes to relationships. We see a person we want and we go for it. We often don’t stop to ask the father is it time, am I ready for it, can I handle the responsibility and is it his will. Not only do we not asked but also we go for it and sin. When you find yourself wanting something so bad that you disobey God commandments to get it. I think you already know you are out of the will of God.
God will NEVER go back on his word and the mandate to follow his commands just for you to get something you see. God knew that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was beautiful to look at. He knew that it was desirable but he gave a command don’t touch/eat.
I’ve always thought why in the world did God put the tree in the garden in the first place. I believe it wasn’t that Adam and Eve would never have the opportunity to eat of it, but it’s all in God’s timing. When he felt they would be ready. As you can see every time a man or woman of God acted on what they saw, it always ended with death.
In Mark 9:47 Jesus said, “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be case into hell fire”.
Jesus is saying whatever will cause you to sin get rid of it. On a deeper note we know that what you look at and sin comes from the desire that’s in your heart. Many of us have a heart issue NOT necessarily an eye issue.
Our eyes is just the thing that manifest what is still deeply rooted in our hearts “lust & desire”. Some of you might ask, how is desire wrong? Desire is not wrong. God says, he will give us the desires of our hearts but when those desires cause you to sin and go against Gods law and will that is where the problems come into play.
I challenge you to identify something that you have laid eyes on that has caused you to sin and go against God’s word. You might say to yourself nothing. Here are some questions to help you examine yourself.
- Did YOU violate the law of God by going after something with your eyes?
- Have you caused another person to sin with you?
- Who’s words are more important, Yours, Theirs or Gods?
- Are you hiding because of the guilt you feel from taking what you’ve seen with your eyes?
- Am I willing to die (spiritual or physical) to satisfy my secret desires?
- Are you willing to work for what you’ve seen and want?
- Are you prepared that what you have seen and taken may affect the generation to come?
- Have you asked God is it HIS will for you to have it?
Remember, God will test our obedience and when it’s HIS WILL, he will provide and work it out for OUR good.
Look at our boy Jacob. It all worked out for his good. Through him the promise God made to Abraham continued, He gained two wives and riches, his brother forgave him and he was blessed by the Lord.
I pray that this mini book blog is insightful, gives you room for pause and reflection and that it will encourage you for the journey. I pray for Faith, Freedom, Truth and Love to abide with you. Peace and Blessings!
All scripture reference are from the New King James Bible(NKJV)
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