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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.” — Psalm 121:1-2

Eyes on God

The human eye is an amazing marvel of God’s creation. Weighing just under an ounce, each one requires more than 2 million parts working together in order to give a person the ability to see. With millions of light sensitive cells, it possesses the ability to distinguish more than 500 shades of grey and 2 million colors. It is far superior to any digital camera man could ever develop.

Even Charles Darwin himself recognized it was foolish to suggest that such an amazing organ could have been formed by chance. In “The Origin of Species,” he wrote, “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”

And even though we too often take for granted the ability to see, we place great value on our sense of vision. Precautions are taken to ensure that the eye is protected from danger. Safety glasses are worn in dangerous workplaces, sunglasses guard us from harmful ultraviolet radiation, and in the realm of sport, visors and goggles are worn in games like hockey and badminton where eyes are at risk of injury.

The Bible speaks of the eye as being more than just a physical organ, and calls followers of Christ to guard what we look at. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus called the eye the lamp of the body and said that what we choose to look at affects our entire being, and is a reflection of what we treasure. If we truly desire to live a victorious life that pleases God, it is imperative that we flood our eyes and minds with things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and excellent (Philippians 4:8), rather than be captivated by the fleshly temptations of the world that lead to destruction (1 John 2:15-17).

May we commit today to lifting our magnificently designed eyes to the One who formed them so brilliantly!

— Craig Nixon

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