Thursday, March 7, 2013

Is keeping God's Word as precious as your eyesight?

In reading my daily Proverb, I read this verse:

" Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye." Proverbs 7:2 (NASB)
Here is an interesting translation of the same verse:
"Obey my commands so that you may live. Follow my teachings just as you protect the pupil of your eye." (God's Word translation)

     I used to work in the eye care business. So I have studied a lot about the eye. God has provided many ways to protect the iris and the pupil of the eye. This would be considered the "apple" of the eye. God created us to have an eyelid that will blink and come down over the eye. We have eyelashes that can catch things that may come into the eye. Our hand flies up to protect our eyes. Many different ways to protect this important part of our bodies. Even the eyes capability to dilate when too much light comes in is a natural defense mechanism that God gave us. We wear goggles when we work in jobs where something could fly into our eyes. When we are outside, some of us wear polarized sunglasses to protect our eyes.

     Last night I was watching the T.V. show "Survivor". A man got sand in his eye that scratched his cornea. He became so concerned about this that he asked for a Doctor to come and take a look at his eye. The Doctor stressed that she wanted to take him out of the game to be able to treat his eye. He made the interesting comment, " This game is not more important than my eyesight!".

So an all important question in light of this verse is:

Are we following God's teachings as closely as we protect our eyes?

We wouldn't deliberately stick something in our eye! We would not jab a pencil into our eye!

But...

Some of us deliberately choose to ignore God's teachings. Or we willfully break one of God's commandments.

Just as our eyesight is precious to us, God's Word and His teachings should be precious to us.

The next time you start to sin think about an apple... The apple of your eye.

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