Ocular Wisdom

October 27th, 2008

Focus Text: Proverbs 7: 1-2 (NLT)

1 Follow my advice, my son;
      always treasure my commands.
 2 Obey my commands and live!
      Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.


Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead

The human body is an intricate mosaic.  It’s design and function still boggle even the most advanced, modern scientific mind.  The concept that so many different human biological systems could function complementary and simultaneously in sync is nothing less than miraculous.  From the miles and miles of arteries and veins that so meticulously circulate blood, to the trillions of synapses in the brain that fire away at speeds incomprehensible to any computer processor we can design, the human body stands unparalleled as the pinnacle of creative genius.  

Though the body as a whole is quite remarkable, I’ve always been awestruck by the wonder of one body part in particular: the eye.  The heart and lungs may be crucial to the sustaining of life and the brain may perform the functions needed for daily survival, but the eye is essential to one’s quality of life and is the most high-profile attribute on our face.  Most people would consider it to be the most dominant of our sensory organs.  Eyesight lost is one of the most life-changing and difficult challenges that individuals can face.  

If you think about it, the processes of the eye are really quite impressive.  The fact that our eye is exposed to the air, yet has the ability to remain constantly moisturized is absolutely astounding.  Or just consider the shape of the iris and it’s ability to automatically adjust to the luminosity of a room in order to let more light in or to keep it out.  Or imagine the unfathomable number of nerves that connect the eye to the brain and help it to process the infinite amount of images that constantly stream into the pupil.  No high definition video camera or space age NASA telescope can even begin to mimic the clarity or resiliency of the human eye.

Resilient indeed, yet oh so sensitive.  Take it from someone with incredibly sensitive eyes: an eye obstruction or injury is the worst!  I have quite the aversion to brightness.  You’ll probably notice that I wear sunglasses even on cloudy days.  Trust me, I don’t do it for coolness.  I don’t think I’m “the Fonz.”  Truth is, if I forget my shades, I’m a squinting mess.  Furthermore, all it takes is for me to just see someone else experiencing eye pain to make my eyes begin to pour themselves.  Sympathy tears, I suppose.  But even for those of us who don’t have sensitive eyes, we all understand how painful and annoying even the slightest speck of dust or the thinnest of eyelashes can be to our own eyes.  Eyes are just delicate.

Maybe that’s why we protect them so.  For that matter, they are naturally protective of themselves.  We don’t have to consciously blink if something flies near our eyes; the response to close them is involuntary.  In addition to that, most of us wouldn’t mow grass or operate heavy machinery without some sort of eye protection.  I mean, come on . . . you only get one shot with your eyes.  They must be protected at all costs.

So, when Solomon tells his son to “guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes,” we should all be able to relate.  Consider some “ocular wisdom”.  Our eyes aren’t stationary images that we view; no, they are the very lenses that create the possibility of any sight of any kind.  Eyes provide not the content of what we see, but rather the potential for sight.  Just because we have them doesn’t guarantee that we will see certain things.  But if they are damaged or blinded, then we have no potential to see anything.  

I think that many people look at the wisdom of God that comes through His Word in much the same manner.  They think that it is stationary and inhibitive; that it only exists to put boundaries around us.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  The wisdom of God is the very lens that creates infinite possibilities of what good things we can experience personally and do for others in this life.  In addition to that, the spiritual “sight” that comes from God’s wisdom also gives us the eyes to see the obstacles that could hinder or destroy us.  His guidance isn’t just a two-dimensional picture of what to avoid; it’s the miraculous spiritual bodily component that gives us a steady stream of insight to understand each of life’s situations as we approach and experience them.

The things that God speaks to us, through His Word or through personal interaction with His Spirit, shouldn’t be flippantly regarded.  No, they should be guarded as the key to our vision . . . spiritually, of course.  Just like protective eyewear, we must constantly strive to keep a safe distance between the things of God that we know to be true and right, and the things of our culture that could easily damage the delicate lenses by which we are walking.  It’s a matter of protection.  It’s “seeing” the value of God’s wisdom in our lives and guarding that which He has spoken to us because we understand the pain and lack of sight that can result from errant obstructions that threaten to fly into our “spiritual eyes.”

The wisdom of God is a miraculous, divinely-inspired lens that He has personally installed into the fabric of our design.  Through it, we have the potential to see clearly which way to go and what pitfalls to walk around.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to take that wisdom lightly.  It must be guarded.

“See” what I mean?


~ by johndriver on October 27, 2008.

One Response to “Ocular Wisdom”

  1. i do see what you mean 🙂 to me, it reminds me of the times im given an opportunity to make a decision. whether it be go to a certain party, or take part in the wrong conversation. sometimes the correct choice isnt easy to make. things can be so tempting because “everyone” else is going or doing it. this is when i have to guard my heart and remember the things ive learned. i have to protect the wisdom God has given me!

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