What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At?

980 623 Rachel Rose Nelson


Pearl of Wisdom:

“A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”

– Proverbs 17:24


THIS PEARL OF WISDOM REMINDS ME OF AN OLD SAYING: “The eyes are the window to the soul.” I have always thought of this saying as shining light on our ability to see into a person’s heart just by looking into their eyes. But today’s proverb illuminates the other view: that if our eyes are indeed windows, then the display is taken in by both sides.

What we look at with our eyes colors the shape of our soul.

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So what are you looking at? Fools are thrilled by eye candy – a cheap and easy commodity in our modern culture of high-speed and high-definition delights. But just like its gastronomical counterpart, eye candy only leaves us dazed, unsatisfied and in search of more and more.

If a discerning person keeps wisdom in view, what does that really look like?



Insight to Action

King David wrote the longest chapter in the entire Bible, Psalm 119, all about the wonders of God’s Word and his personal commitment to keep it before him every day and in every way. In this psalm it is written: “Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” David made a conscious decision to turn away from the kind of tempting but worthless visual treats that bombard us each day and prayed for the Lord to help him. That can be our first step as well.

Our second step can be to feast our eyes on God’s Word. Reading the Bible is a sure way to do this. But there are other creative approaches to keeping The Lord’s wisdom in full view, too. Try these:


Create a mural featuring your favorite verse. If you’re not an artist, but handy on the computer, you can create simple graphics and have them made into peel and stick wall art at your local sign shop. Or there are even pre-set designs with verses that you can order and apply to your walls


Get a canvas and use the Word of God to create a piece of art to display in your home. Or you can check out the wonderful art featuring scripture available online.


Print out words and images from the Bible and pin them around your home. I created a sample for today’s Proverb. Click here to download a printable card.

  • Jenni Martin . . . at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing Rachel. I am encouraged and excited to read your insights into God’s word each week. It helps me stay focused and as you put it so well, keeps wisdom in front of my eyes. It is a struggle to turn away the temptation of eye candy when we are bombarded with it daily, but with the strength of the Holy Spirit in us, we can overcome the world.

    • Rachel Rose . . . at 3:22 pm

      Jenni you are so right! We can resolve to change our habits, and place God’s words in full view, but unless we pray the way David did and ask the Holy Spirit to work in us we have not activated the most powerful change agent of all in our lives. Thank you for illuminating that most powerful truth.

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