Guard Your Eyes And Ears

July 30, 2019
by Sharon Cook

Genesis 3:6a – When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. (NIV)

What we see and what we hear has a powerful influence on our thoughts and actions, and has had from the beginning of time. For instance, remember Eve? She was the first woman, the first wife, and the first mother, but unfortunately, she also had the dubious distinction of being the first to fail — the first to sin. We don't know the whole story, but it's possible that she'd been looking at and thinking about that beautiful tree for a long time, wondering how the fruit would taste. Various translations say that the fruit was "pleasant to the eye", "looked beautiful and tasty", and was a "delight to the eyes". So, when the serpent came along with his twisted version of God's Word, she listened — and the rest of the story has impacted history for eons.

Luke 11:34 – Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. (NIV)

Psalm 101:3a – I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. (NIV 2011)

Her eyes and her ears were focused on the wrong person. What we take in through both those sources of input gets embedded in our brains and affects our thoughts and our actions. In the last few years, I've become increasingly aware of this problem. I've restricted my viewing and reading; there are many television shows, movies, and commercials that I can't watch and books that I can't read because they create images in my mind that lead me into paths of thinking that I don't want to tread. I can't let those ideas and images rest in my brain. One thought leads to another, and soon, I'm thinking about situations and ideas that have no place in the mind of God's child.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, 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. (NIV)

There is an answer — a solution — as laid out in this verse. Use these criteria to measure what we watch, what we read, what we listen to, even who we listen to. Measure every source of input by the Bible — even the sermons that we hear at church or on various media. Then, our minds can be free to focus on God.

Prayer: Father, help us to keep our minds pure, to measure every source of input by Your Word, by Your commandments, by Your statutes. Give us the strength to focus our eyes and ears always on You. Thank You, Father, for Your guidance and love. Amen.

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Sharon Cook <craftercook@gmail.com>
Apache Junction, Arizona, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Well spoken.


    Such excellent advice.


    Great advice, Sharon.


    Amen and Amen to this devotional! Blessings.


    Thank you for your timely message and for the thoughtful way you wrote it.


    Thank you for your commitment today, Sharon and your excellent reminders.


    Protecting our eyes and ears. What a great devotional Sharon – written beautifully and easily understood! Thank you.


    Thank you for the devotional this morning, there are so many things to avoid aren’t there.
    The quote from Philippians is so good.


    Hi Sharon,
    This is such a good message and so, so true. When l gave my life to Christ, my mentor told me l had to watch what l saw, read, and listened to. Such good advice! Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings.


    Hello Sharon,
    A very good devotional. Thank you for writing. Focusing on Jesus and following His direction truly is the right path to follow.
    Blessings.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for a very meaningful devotion.
    One point I would like to emphasize is that God allowed eating from all of the trees of the garden but ONE. God reserved the one so human beings (Adam and Eve particularly, at that time), would remember that God was Lord of the Garden (Lord of all) .The persons could not complain that God kept one (and only one of many) as a reminder to persons that He was God and Lord of all.
    Keep writing, for God’s sake.


    Hi, I agree with you, but I still question what Eve did as someplace else it says God knows we are going to do something before we do, so does that mean God knew Eve would do that?
    Love your devotional.
    (ON)


    Thanks Sharon. It is a continual process isn’t it!


    Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for such a timely devotional yesterday morning. I am at my daughter’s home visiting and I was able to read it aloud to her and my husband. We all need to be reminded again and again of the importance of what we let in….
    I volunteer at our local correctional facility and I would love to share some of your devotionals with the inmates.
    I must get your permission and delete your name and add the following:
    “Reprinted with the author’s permission from the PresbyCan Daily Devotional”.
    May God continue to bless your ministry.

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