Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 25)
Look For The Best
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Matthew 6:22-23 (NASB)
The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness
Luke 11:34 (NASB)
Spiritually speaking, the Verses regarding clear and dark eyes baffled me. Physically speaking, I understood. If a performer's eyes are not vibrant, even great beauty or talent falls flat. On the darker side, eyes can mesmerize. Serial killers show an evil glow.

Bible scholars say clear eyes can see God, as in lighted steps and good direction: revelations of truth and good judgment. Dark eyes reveal a sad disposition: misery, prejudice and bad judgment.*

Considering my passing challenges toward fault-finding and accusation, I offer an extended opinion, which is illustrated biblically:**

Clear, kind eyes look for the best in people, for the bright side in hard circumstances. They are positive and optimistic; light-hearted, engaged and sympathetic. They're the ones thanking God in everything.

Dark, evil eyes see the worst in people and disaster around every corner. They are negative and pessimistic; mean-hearted, outraged or apathetic. If they thank God at all, it's just for show.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your eyes are light and compassionate. You spot potential in everyone. You regard confused people with hope. You see the fields of entertainment as stages of opportunity. You recognize possibilities, where others focus on gloom and doom.

So don't give naysayers the power to darken your view or destiny. Because you witness the Sun rising,*** while they choose to stay stuck in the tomb.

To Be Continued...

* 'But if thine eye be evil,... If thou art of a sordid disposition, of an avaricious temper, if the sin of covetousness prevails over thee, thy whole body will be full of darkness: thy judgment will be so influenced by that sordid principle, that thou wilt not be able to discern what is agreeable to the law of God, or human reason; what is fitting to be done for thyself, for God, or for thy fellow creatures; all the powers and faculties of thy soul will be enslaved by it, and all be intent upon, and employed in the gratification of it: thy mind will be always sad and sorrowful, harassed and distressed; and thy estate, and condition, will be most miserable and uncomfortable...' (Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible on Matthew 6:23).

* See more respected scholars' interpretations:

* 'The eye is the organ by which light is received to guide a man's steps, so that if that be perfect, without any mixture of ill humours, &c., the body from it takes a full and right direction how to move and act; but if that be vitiated by ill humours, the man knows not how to direct his bodily steps: so if a man's soul, (which answereth the bodily eye), more especially a man's understanding or judgment, be darkened, perverted, prejudiced, or his affections be debauched or depraved, he will not know how to move one step right in his duty; but if his understanding have a right notion of truths, and he judgeth aright concerning the things and ways of God, and his affections be not depraved, then the whole man will be in a capacity to receive the light and revelations of truth...' (Matthew Poole's Commentary on Luke 11:34).

* See more respected scholars' interpretations:

** 'They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep' ' (Luke 7:32).

*** 'The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves' (Malachi 4:2).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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