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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)

By Lucy Cain



John 8:12 tells us,

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

When our son was in Army basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, we
learned a lot about how our men and women in the military are prepared for
battle. Step by step we watched him progress. And step by step we respected
the commitment he made for the next eight years…

The enemy is sneaky. Just ask any of our men and women fighting this war on
terror! When they think everything is clear, an IED goes off, or a sniper attacks.

They don’t always see their enemy either. Many times they are hidden from
view. Undetected. Our men and women are ‘in the blind’.

Part of Michael’s training was in using night vision goggles. They held night time foot marches and field training events. Training was such that it mocked an out and out war zone.

Without the night vision goggles, our soldiers would be at a great disadvantage! Terrorists and insurgents could walk right up to camps at night. Night convoys would be attacked much easier without the aid of these eye-pieces. Our front line soldiers would suffer greater casualties. Many times, a soldier’s life depends on these goggles as much as his weaponry!

As Christians, we too depend on a source of Light for salvation. Jesus is the Light of the world! He opens up our vision field, provides clarity, and shines His Light of Life on all the sin and darkness in our lives. We have no need to walk in the dark alone. When He is with us, we can see much clearer!

Just as our military men and women depend on their night vision goggles to
detect the enemy, we need to rely on Jesus to help us detect Satan’s ploys. He’s sneaky and employs different methods of attack.

Sometimes he hides from our vision field and we don’t even realize he’s there, just waiting for the prime opportunity to move in.

As terrorists or insurgents look for “weak links” to target, so does Satan himself. He knows our spiritual “links”. He knows where we are strong, and where we are not as strong. Those areas are the ones he will focus on and attack, trying to
break us down. He’s trying to block our view of the Savior!

Using their vision goggles enables our military to see clearer in the pitch black of night. Jesus gives us the ability to view things in a different light when we walk with Him in our darkest moments.

Fear escalates when we cannot see “what’s out there”. We may panic at times just out of anticipation of the unknown. Knowing the enemy is there, but not knowing if we are in his sites or not! But with Jesus, we don’t need to be afraid!

Psalm 3:6
”I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.”

Psalm 91:5
”You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.”

Jesus also tells us:
Deuteronomy 31:6
”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

These night vision goggles give our military a sense of security in the war zone. Jesus wants to be our greatest security of all in a world full of troubles. He wants to illuminate our path! He wants to shed light on the enemy’s tactics! He wants to clear your vision field and enable you to detect and destroy the enemy!

His Word tells us:
John 16:33

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

When we open the eyes of our hearts to Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives,
we no longer live “in the blind”. The scales are removed! Fear and panic subside,and peace rules. Night vision is no longer a necessity. It’s a gift.

(All scripture from NIV.)

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Andrea Cooper08/10/06
This is well done. It would make a wonderful little devotion on Spiritual Warfare. I like how you have used your son's experience in the military to display how a Christian needs to fight in the Lord's army. Very neat!
Sue Goodreau08/12/06
I also think this would be a wonderful devotional, especially now when we are all so focused on our soldiers and the war on terror. I also like the night vision connection, comparing it with Satan and Jesus. You have some wonderful analogies.

You have a nice writing style that is easy to read and comprehend.

If you do decide to try to publish this as a devotional, my only suggestions would be to correct some minor grammatical errors and tighted this up a bit.

Other than that, this is great.

Good job.
Jacquie McMullen08/14/06
This is good, but try finding another word for sneaky. While it may be appropriate, it is rather juvenile for this piece.
Christopher Jenyns08/16/06
If I had to guess (which I know I don't), I would say that you were thinking something like "Let your light so shinme before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." as spoken by Jesus (recorded in Matthew's gospel 5:16). The notion that we can live during the day without night-goggles is what gave me that idea. As others have said, it is a wonderful devotional (that said, if you wanted to make it personal it wouldn't be hard, you could just say something from your father's perspective about your son going to war).
Christopher Jenyns08/16/06
Sorry, about the typo in "shine" above. Note that when I said "your father's perspective" I meant your perspective as a father, not our Father's perspective (you could, but that is the hardest perspective to write from).