What we see with our eyes and how we view the world impacts the light within us. The old computing adage of ‘garbage in, garbage out’ tells us that what we put in has to come out. Or worse: it can stay in… God, search our hearts and lead us in your everlasting ways…
33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
See if there is any offensive way in me. See if there is any darkness in my whole body. Our darkness – our sinfulness – interferes with our living in the everlasting way of God. Jesus taught that the eye is the lamp of the body. What we see with our eyes and how we view the world impacts the light within us.
When our eyes are unhealthy, our bodies are full of darkness. Again, this could be from what we see. The old computing adage of ‘garbage in, garbage out’ tells us that what we put in has to come out. Jesus might argue that much of the garbage just stays in and pollutes us. What are you watching? What are you reading? How is that impacting your light?
I think this is also about how we view the world. This can be an unhealthy view of self or of others. Are you a conspiracy theorist? Is everyone out to get you? Is everyone else wrong and do you have a corner on the market of truth or ideas? Unhealthy. All of it.
God searches our hearts. He knows our thoughts. He knows our anxieties and where we are healthy and unhealthy. He wants us to be full of light. He wants to lead us in the everlasting way toward his plan for us.
Would you walk toward his light and in his light?