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May 9, 2021 | Chris Baselice
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“Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you.”—Proverbs 4:25 (NKJV)
Our culture celebrates sensuality, and this is no more true than where I live in South Florida. That’s why the command issued in Proverbs 4:25 is daunting. We are exposed to imagery on the internet, on TV, and even on billboards that can lure us into opportunity to lust with your eyes. We might be safer to stay inside, blindfolded.
You’re probably thinking I’m being a bit dramatic! Yet, it’s a reality for people every day. Some of us have been afflicted with a “wandering eye.” It’s a result of our natural bent to sin. The wandering eye sees something sexually provocative and immediately takes a second look. People with wandering eyes differ from regular people-watchers. The wandering eye can inflict damage that could potentially tear down a marriage and family.
It starts with a brief peek, then turns into a stare, then the stare triggers desire. Eventually desire triggers action (1 John 2:16; James 1:14-15). So how does one avoid this problem? Well, in Matthew 5:29 Jesus said that if your right eye causes you to stumble, you should gouge it out and throw it away! Well there you have it, spoken from the Savior himself!
There is one problem with that remedy: If you gouge out your right eye, you’ll still have your left eye! Does this infer that Jesus doesn’t have the proper solution to this serious issue? Certainly not! Jesus was speaking figuratively. He is calling to our attention the severity of such a sin, and more so He is calling us to Himself. You see, in proper context, Jesus was talking to his disciples about the “law” and the difference between His righteous interpretation and the Pharisees’ self-righteous interpretation.
Chuck Smith aptly wrote: “Jesus’ interpretation makes us all guilty before God. The way the Pharisees interpreted it makes them pompous and self-righteous. The law was intended to make the whole world guilty before God that we might not seek to stand before God in our own righteousness but to seek the righteousness that God provides for us in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The law was a school master to drive us to Jesus Christ!”
Gang, without Christ working in us, we are bound to fail at Proverbs 4:25. With Christ we are made strong, even in our weakness! From a practical standpoint, my wife encourages me to bounce my eyes.
DIG: Read Matthew 5:27-29, James 1:14-15, and 1 John 2:16.
DISCOVER: Are you struggling with a wandering eye?
DISPLAY: Demonstrate Christ’s power working in you at your moment of weakness by bouncing your eyes and not allowing that second look. Then, celebrate the win and give yourself a high-five as you walk away from the temptation with your eyes forward!