January 14, 2013
When I was a kid, I remember seeing a cartoon where they sliced off the top of a character’s head and threw a bunch of stuff in … like his body was an empty body-shaped container you could fill with ingredients. I used to wonder what the inside of a human body was like. Until you actually see inside, I had a hard time imagining the amazing and intricate way God arranges all these odd components in our body, gets them to stay in the right places, and then actually uses them to move us around and function. As a physician, I have been tremendously blessed by the opportunity to see inside and study live human bodies.
Almost daily, I’m still amazed at how cool, complex, unexplainable, and interwoven our human body and physiological systems truly are. “Impossible” is what comes to my mind when I hear of doctors, especially psychiatrists, who don’t believe in a divine creator after they have studied the human body, and especially the brain and mind. After life itself, our mind and free will are the 2 greatest gifts God gives us. So amazingly powerful and complex.
After the brain/mind, the coolest and arguably the most complex organ is the eye … the main gateway through which information enters our minds to be processed resulting in our growth. What our eyes see, our mind follows. The Holy Bible contains many messages (some obvious, some subtle, and others more intricate) teaching us about having eyes that see and ears that hear the truth. Then there are those passages that are so simple and yet so profound at the same time … truths that say it all in a few words. Today’s scripture reading is one such passage.
Notice God doesn’t say “look to me and you might be saved,” … He says you will be saved. Can it get any simpler? When you look at God, seeing Him for who He truly is and what He has done for us, you can’t stop the force of repentance … you can’t help but accept His gifts of love, forgiveness, and salvation.
Satan isn’t going to let it be that easy, so that is why we have all this brainwashing we are fighting against in the world and in our minds. We are so gullible, especially as kids, and Satan is relentless with deceptions that dirty and distort our lenses. His goal is that we won’t see ourselves for who we really are, and most importantly, that we won’t see God or Jesus for who THEY really are and know what truly happened on the cross and why.
Today, take time to examine what you are looking at. Then determine how clear your lenses really are. Seriously wake up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. Even if there are a hundred-and-one things vying for your attention, push them aside and look to Him. Let Him be the filter you look through to see everything else in life. “Look unto Me,” and salvation is there, the moment you look. If you aren’t feeling saved, then your lenses aren’t clear. Don’t just glance and turn away, but really look! Having clear lenses or distorted ones is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, I look to You, for You alone are my Lord and my God. There are so many forces trying to take my eyes off You. Please strengthen my resolve to keep You as my focal point and my guiding light. I know You will direct me and show me the path if I fix my gaze on You. Give me discernment to realize when Satan is mimicking You. I pray this in the name of the One whom You sent to be my lighthouse, Jesus Christ; And all the children of the world say – AMEN!
Look to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22
And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell. Mark 9:47