If you have read many of my devotionals, you are aware of how much I treasure my Eastern Kentucky heritage and culture. The other day down at Fitch’s store, my friend Bobby Thompson came in for morning coffee. He used a phrase that reminded me of a Squabble Creek Story:
An old widower lived alone up on Squabble Creek. His little cabin had few of this day’s modern conveniences. His small cabin didn’t have a single window in the front of the house. His children decided to install a large window in the front room. It would enable their dad to sit in his rocker and look out over the hollow. A week after they installed the window, they went back up the ‘holler’ to see how the old man liked the window. When they asked him about the window, he replied, “I reckon it’s alright, but when the sun goes down it sure lets in a lot of dark”.
We are all familiar with the phrase, “The eyes are the windows of the soul.” Scripture speaks to this concept. Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23, KJV). A passage in Luke is very similar: “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light” (Luke 11:34-36). Jesus says we should have singleness of vision and purpose to give light to our soul. We should set our eyes on Him, the ‘Light of the World’, and keep them there.
If you were driving a treacherous road in the mountains at night and your headlights suddenly started shining several different directions- left, right, up, down, straight, etc., you would be confused and in grave danger. Your headlights would be a hazard. In the scripture, Jesus contrasts having our eyes single, focused only on Him, versus having our eyes focused on evil. The bad headlights kept shining all over the place and were not good for the purpose for which they were intended. The Lord considers anything that takes our focus off the kingdom of God as evil.
Allowing ourselves to become distracted from the very purpose for which He called us is destructive. Having double vision—the kingdom of God and something else—is to be full of darkness. This is contrary to what we might naturally think. We might think that it is okay as long as the kingdom of God is one of our goals. The light might be a little dimmed, but it would still be light. But this is not what Jesus said. He said such a mixed light is really darkness: “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” Light in this verse is from the Greek ‘phōs’, which literally means ‘light’ and can metaphorically mean truth, knowledge, or reason. Mixed light, aligning other goals equally to the goal of the kingdom of God in your life, is really darkness; in fact, it is great darkness or a lack of true knowledge. This is an eternally fatal condition, if not corrected.
Life Without The ‘Son’ Lets A Lot Of Dark Into The Soul
~ Brother Roy