How Far?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV).

The eyes are two important parts of the human body, bringing light to the entire body. A man without sight is likened to a person without the light of life.

Now, notice that I have expressed the function of the eyes as the light of the body, while sight is likened or expressed as the light of life. What makes the difference?

The Eyes vs Sight

  • The eye is the light of the body because it gives meaning to the other part of the body. Imagine if you could not see other parts of your body, would you be satisfied to just feel them?
  • The eyes make it easy to put the other parts of your body to use, like knowing the direction to which to stretch your hands safely.
  • The eyes give meaning to your environment in terms of interpretations and relations.
  • On the other hand, sight is much deeper than the peripheral use of the eyes. Sight means seeing or to see. One of the tools of sight is the eye, however, sight is not limited to your eyes.
  • You can dream, have visions. This is sight.
  • You can paint a beautiful picture in your mind, even in an ugly situation. This is sight.
  • You can see through the lens of the word of God, capturing all the promises of God. This is sight.
  • To sight is to see, but in you, lie what you choose to see. You can see beautifully with your mind. You can see farther with your Spirit.

Lot saw the rich plain of Jordan with eyes but Abraham saw through his Spirit, the promises of God to him and his offspring (Genesis 13: 10-14). Abram looked beyond the emptiness around him to the manifestation of the promises of God for him and his unborn children.

Seeing far is not necessarily done with the eyes but with the mind and the Spirit. The mind can paint fantasies, but with the Spirit, the unknown is brought forward and birth to reality through faith, works, and prayers.

You are not defined by your situations, because the light of your life lies in your sight, and that depends on what you choose to see.

Pray this: Father, let me begin beyond what my eyes can see, to the beautiful future that you have for me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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