March 6, 2020
What Are You Looking At … and Through?
When I was a kid, I saw a cartoon in which they sliced off the top of a character’s head and threw in a bunch of stuff … as if his body were an empty container you could fill with ingredients. I was fascinated with what was really inside a human body and had a hard time imagining the amazing and intricate way God arranges all these odd components in our bodies, gets them to stay in the right places, and then actually uses them to move us around and function. Through God’s grace, my wish was granted as He blessed me by helping me to go to medical school where in our first week I started dissecting my cadaver and then in third year, performed surgeries on real live bodies.
As a physician, I’ve been tremendously blessed by opportunities to see inside and study live human bodies, especially the circuitry and immaterial parts of the human mind. I’m always amazed at how cool, complex, unexplainable, and interwoven the human body and its 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, especially the brain and the unmatchable workings of the mind. After life and Jesus, our minds and free will are the two greatest gifts God gives us. They are amazingly powerful and so complex.
Following the brain/mind as the coolest and most complex physical organ are our eyes which are the main gateway through which information enters our minds to be processed, leading to our growth. Our minds follow what our eyes see. The Holy Bible contains many messages – some obvious, some subtle, and others more intricate – regarding the connection between our eyes and mind. Today’s scripture reading teaches us to have eyes that see and ears that hear the truth, a passage that is simple yet profound.
Notice that 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, and see Him for who He truly is, His love and pursuit of you, and what He has done for you, you can’t stop the force of repentance. You can’t help but accept His gifts of love, forgiveness, and salvation.
As with all things, Satan isn’t going to let it be that easy. That’s why we need to fight against the brainwashing that comes at us from the world and our own me-centered minds. We are so gullible, especially as kids, and Satan relentlessly attacks us with deceptions that smudge and distort our lenses. Satan’s goals are: 1) we won’t see ourselves for who we really are; 2) we won’t see God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit for who THEY really are; 3) we won’t 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 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 through which you see everything else in life. “Look unto Me,” and salvation is there, the very moment you look. Don’t just glance and turn away, really look! Whether you demand to use clear lenses and let the truth set you free or you settle and use distorted ones and be a slave to lies 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. Thank You for still loving me even though I am frequently tricked. Help me to strip off the old and clothe myself with a new lens and a new self. 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
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.