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GOD’S WORD FOR FEBRUARAY 16 ~ ~ “Ps 27:13 ~ ~ I would have despaired had I not believed that I would SEE the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Eyes are a fantastic creation. All the different parts of your eyes work together to help you see.

First, light passes through the cornea (the clear front layer of the eye). The cornea is shaped like a dome and bends light to help the eye focus.

Some of this light enters the eye through an opening called the pupil. The iris (the colored part of the eye) controls how much light the pupil lets in.

Next, light passes through the lens (a clear inner part of the eye). The lens works together with the cornea to focus light correctly on the retina.

The lens of the eye is a marvel of chemistry. It is made up of a concentration of protein molecules inside water-lined cells. Normal protein molecules in water are not transparent. They are opaque. But our great Creator-God solved the obvious problem with opaque proteins in the eye. He packed the proteins extremely tight, which causes the proteins to act something like the molecules of window glass. As a result, the normally opaque protein solution in the lens becomes transparent!

When light hits the retina (a light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye), special cells called photo-receptors turn the light into electrical signals.

These electrical signals travel from the retina through the optic nerve to the brain. Then the brain turns the signals into the images you see.

Your eyes also need tears to work correctly.

Tears keep your eyes wet and smooth, and help focus light so you can see clearly. They also protect your eyes from infections and irritating things, like dirt and dust.

Every time you blink, a thin layer of tears called a “tear film” spreads across the surface of your cornea. Tears come from glands above your eyes, then drain into your tear ducts (small holes in the inner corners of your eyes) and down through your nose.

They have three functions, and three layers:

The outer layer is oily, and keeps the tears from drying out too quickly, like they would if they were all water, and the oil also lubricates the surface of the eyes and makes them smooth, thus reducing irritation from blinking.

The next layer is watery, to keep the eyes moist. It contains nourishment for the eye tissues to function properly.

The inner layer is mucus, which helps the other layers stick to the surface of the eye to perform their respective functions.

Since almost every animal has vision, there are many variations, and additional qualities, in a cross section of creation, depending upon, of course, the needs of the animal.

There is another sight that the Lord gives only to His born again believers. It is the sight to know God.

Before that, we are like the apostles that Jesus was speaking to in this verse:

Mark 8:18

Having eyes, do you not see, and having ears, do you not hear? and do you not remember?

But later, He said to those same men:

Mark 4:11

And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

And after He died and rose, they were able to say:

1John 4:14 ~ ~ We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

This is seen, not through our physical eyes, but through our spirits, which are made alive through the power of the Holy Spirit when we become aware of the sacrifice and substitution that Jesus made for us, and acknowledge Him as the Lord of our lives.

1 John 4:12

No one has ever seen God; (with physical eyes) if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 John 3:17

But whoever has worldly goods and sees his brother or sister in need, and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God remain in him?

1 John 3:6

No one who remains in Him sins continually; no one who sins continually has seen Him or knows Him.

Once that miracle happens, we are a new creation, and we begin to be able to understand the things of God, and understand the words of Jesus that He spoke to us in the Bible. This is because the Holy Spirit lives in us from that point on. Jesus told His apostles (and us) in:

But this world, and the blessings that we receive from having a relationship with our Creator and Savior in this life,….the wisdom, peace, joy, mercy and grace He gives us, to name a few, are just a tiny taste of what we will experience for eternity IF we are one of His, relying completely on Him for our eternal destiny, and not on any supposed goodness of our own: —because we have none!

Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 3:12

They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.

So, besides knowing that He has won our eternity in the new heavens and new and perfect earth with Him, we can look forward to eternity in what will be the garden of Eden again. He will have brought mankind full circle and eliminated sin and the effects of it that have gone on for 4,000 or so years.

We can’t see we can’t even imagine, how wonderful that will be—-forever and ever, and ever……………

1 John 3:2

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.

1 Corinthians 13:12

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 2:9 ~ ~ But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.


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