The human eye is a marvel, to say the least! It is the second most complex organ after the brain. Each eye weighs about an ounce and spans an inch across and is composed of approximately 2 million working parts. A fingerprint has 40 unique characteristics but an iris has 256! The muscles that control our eyes are the strongest in our body. Our eyes require no rest, they heal quickly, and they play such an important role in our body that roughly half of our brain is involved in vision. Considering the human eye surely reminds us of the creative power of our great God! In fact, our eyes can tell us a lot about God and our relationship with Him. Eyes are referenced no less than 636 times in the Bible, and there are some great lessons to be gleaned from them.
- They remind us that the Lord sees all. David asked where he could possible go to escape the presence of the Lord, and the answer is “nowhere” (Ps. 139)!
- They remind us that God’s eyes are over the righteous. First Peter 3:12 says, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.”
- They remind us that they cannot be trusted. Solomon said, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts” (Prov. 21:2).
- They remind us to be careful what we put in front of them. David said, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes” (Ps. 101:3).
- They remind us that every member of the church is important. Paul wrote, “And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee…” (1 Cor. 12:21).
- They remind us that we can be spiritually blind. John 12:40 says, “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart: that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”
- They remind us that the gospel has the power to restore sight. Paul’s commission was to preach to the gentiles “to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God…” (Acts 26:18).