Be Careful Little Eyes What You See

Posted on April 27, 2012 by


O be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little eyes what you see

There’s a Father up above

And He’s looking down in love

So, be careful little eyes what you see

Many of us are probably familiar with the children’s Bible song I just quoted. I remember the days when I was in Mrs. Noriega’s Sunday School classroom, singing songs like Father Abraham and The Lord’s Army as I giggled and twirled in my cute little dresses with the other four and five-year-olds.

Yet childhood doesn’t last forever. Many memories are simply misplaced or forgotten, but the Biblical truths of these songs shouldn’t be. The Biblical truths should be written on our hearts.

My husband recently began a job working nights at a factory. I remember one night when he was hunting around frantically for his safety goggles, wondering where he had placed them. It was so important to him to find these – why? Because of how critical it was to protect his eyes in the workplace.

Ladies, I’m here to tell you the entire universe is God’s workplace and we are called to be working for Him (Ephesians 2:10). God pleads with us to exercise wisdom and sound judgment as these are foundational for following His will and protecting your heart. We need to be wearing the Bible like our safety goggles.

Proverbs 3:21-23 says, “My (daughter), do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; for they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble (NIV).”

In a day and age where we are constantly saturated with media and technology (i.e. television, Internet, supermarket checkout tabloids, movies, music, magazines, etc), we are constantly being bombarded with messages – messages telling us how to get a man, how to keep a man, even how to lose a man; messages telling us what to wear and what not to wear; messages telling us how to be smarter, braver, sexier, more beautiful, thinner, bigger; messages telling us what to eat, drink, watch, read…and the list goes on. Some of these messages may be positive, but the vast majority of these messages are damaging to our walk with God, our relationships, and our hearts.

Security is one of the most important needs of a woman. We often go through safety workshops or training for work. We receive safety manuals for our college campuses. We read the warning labels on the products we use. We want to feel safe in our homes and our cars so we lock our doors, install security systems, purchase or rent homes/apartments in well-lit, clean neighborhoods and buy cars that have high safety ratings. But we also want to feel safe and secure in our relationships. That’s why we sit across the table from someone instead of next to them, why we prefer to hang out in groups, and why we think twice about divulging our struggles with healthy self-image to our girl friends, or even a counselor.

Then why is it that we are often so careless about what our eyes are seeing?

THE ONLY PLACE YOU WILL EVER TOTALLY BE SAFE AND SECURE IS IN THE ARMS OF JESUS CHRIST.

My mother once cracked a joke and said, “Is your life insurance paid up?” I looked at her with a quizzical brow, waiting for the punch line. “It’s spelled S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N,” she replied, bemused.

In all seriousness, without salvation, none of us are safe. But the good news is that Jesus Christ has already paid the price for us to have salvation through His sacrificial death on the cross. Now, this doesn’t mean that our lives will be pain and problem free or that we should naively assume that God will protect us from everything. Jesus tells us that we will undergo trials and troubles because of our relationship with Him (Matthew 5:10-12). We must exercise caution and wisdom in what we allow ourselves to see.

In college, I attended a Learning Lunch Seminar about advertising. It truly opened my eyes to what my eyes were taking in daily, no pun intended. As an experiment, I made a list of the products and services I used regularly, and then I went on YouTube to find commercials about these products and services to evaluate a) what they say is a problem, b) what they say about me, the consumer, c) what they say about the product, and d) how their product will be a solution. I was shocked that the vast majority of the products/services I use subtly promote negative messages like “materialism will fix all my problems,” that “I won’t be beautiful enough/thin enough/sexy enough etc until I use their product,” and that “I am entitled to whatever I want, wherever I want, and whenever I want.”

These messages are not from God! And yet over time, we see/read/hear these messages and the Devil uses these messages to slowly chip away at our hearts and minds. We need to be actively protecting our eyes, minds, and hearts. We need to be looking at everything through the lens of Scripture. What images and messages are you taking in daily? I encourage you to keep track of the things you read, watch, and observe today and then at the end of the day measure the messages you are receiving up against the Bible.

Philippians 4:8 is an excellent tool to measure these images/messages. Paul writes, “…Sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things,” and I’d add “view these kinds of things (NIV).”

Dear lady friend, your heart is so precious and delicate and your eyes are like windows allowing messages and images into this fragile place. Without the protection offered to us by God, our hearts are easily ensnared in the ways of the world, caught up in the lies of Satan, and broken by men (and women) who could care less about the eternal value of your soul. That is why we need to be running to Jesus daily and taking advantage of the gift of His protection.

God’s Holy Word says that His wisdom and understanding are life. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief (referring to Satan) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full (NIV).” The Devil wants nothing more than to steal your confidence, kill your relationships, and destroy your tender and precious heart. Does that sound like someone you want to follow? Absolutely not!

God wants you to have a full and abundant life. He wants to protect your heart, mind, and soul. Jesus speaks of gathering His people like chicks under His wing (Luke 13:34). He cares about you, and what you take in matters. Everything you take into your heart is a matter of life…or death. It either builds upon your relationship with God and with others, or it tears at your heart and soul.

Don’t be the unwilling soul who refuses to be gathered up and protected by God! Out there, the world could care less about you and won’t think twice about trampling over you for their gain. Within God’s arms, you are promised love, care, and protection. Yet God also requires something of you – He requires that you daily take up your cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). Taking up your cross means casting off things of this world and setting your eyes, heart, and mind on things above (Colossians 3:2).

Proverbs 22:3 says, “The prudent sees evil and hides (or protects) himself, but the naïve go on, and are punished for it (NASB).”

Take a good long look at what you are looking at before it’s too late, before you buy into the subtle messages that will eat away at your mind and heart. Ask yourself these questions: What images have I been seeing? What messages are these images sending? Are they God-glorifying or self-glorifying? Will these images bring me closer to my Lord or farther away?

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