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Monday, March 4, 2013

Proverbs 20:12

"The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made both of them"
(Proverbs 20:12 NASB). God is the creator of our senses. Acknowledging this
should lead us to two inevitable conclusions:
First, God knows what is best for our eyes to see and our ears to hear. We
are warned against hearing and spreading gossip and lies (cf. Proverbs 17:7,
18:8, 26:28). There are deeds are darkness that are disgraceful to even
speak about (Ephesians 5:8-12). We should not listen to those who encourage
us to sin (cf. Proverbs 1:10-19). God warns us the eye is the lamp of the
body and it will either fill us with darkness or light depending on what we
focus on. If our eyes are greedy or lustful our bodies will be filled with
darkness. Instead, like Job and David, we need to make covenants with our
eyes that we will not look at any vile thing (cf. Job 31:1, Psalm 101:3).
What we pay attention to through any of our senses will affect the way we
think and act. Philippians 4:8-9 tells us we should think pure, good, and
honorable; things which are defined as what they learned from the Apostles
and saw in their example. We need to fill our eyes and ears with the Word of
God.

Second, God knows what we can and cannot do. When Moses was making excuses
not to accept God's mission for him, he claimed an inability to speak and do
what the Lord required. God responded: "Who has made man's mouth? Or who
makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? "Now then
go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to
say" (Exodus 4:10-12). We must realize that God as our creator knows our
capabilities better than we do and has not given us anything we cannot do
(cf. 1 Corinthians 10:13). We can be what God has asked us to be and do what
God has asked us to do. Especially, since He strengthens and helps us on our
journey (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:5, Philippians 4:13).

We need to turn our bodies over to God even to the extent that our eyes and
ears are His. He created our eyes and ears for a purpose and wants us to use
them as He intended. We need to trust our Creator knows whats best for us
and serve Him as He has asked.

Jeremy Sprouse

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