There has been a lot of interest in playing video games on cell phones and other mobile devices in recent years. One of the most recent gaming obsessions is Pokemon Go. People go to public places and linger for hours staring at their cell phones as they play the game. Some people get completely obsessed with playing it, much like people get obsessed any addiction. It would consume all their free time and money.
These obsessions can become addictions that control people’s lives if they don’t keep their behavior in check. I’ve seen these addictions come from video games, Internet chatting, and even hobbies and leisure activities, like motorcycling.
The addictions can destroy a person’s life just like chemical addictions to alcohol or drugs. If we allow these material things to control our lives, our spiritual eyes quickly dim and we can be in danger of becoming blind to things that are much more important, such as spending time with people and doing activities that bare worthwhile fruits.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
God demonstrated these concepts to a teen who was spending too much time playing video games, like Pokemon Go. The photo above shows a “God’s Eye” he made during a summer camp. I noted how he had the green and blue yarn inside and the black yarn covered almost everything. From symbolism I learned about God’s guidance, I knew green stood for Life and blue stood for the Holy Spirit or the Waters of God’s Spirit.
We are supposed to live by God’s Spirit (the blue yarn) and walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25), which is to live by God’s guidance for us, as well as, letting the Holy Spirit in us control us. Doing so gives us Life (the green yarn) instead of death because then we will conduct our lives towards righteousness instead of sin. It brings blessings instead of curses.
However, when our eyes become dark we become blind to doing what is right (the black yarn) and will walk life by the flesh and in sin, which brings death, because the things God wants us to do and understand are blocked by the darkness in our eyes (the black yarn).
When I told the teen how his God’s Eye reflected his attitudes and priorities and that it was God’s way of telling him to change his dark eyes, he was dumbfounded, even scared that God could control him and speak in such a way.
But I’ve seen the Lord speak in ways like this before – controlling works, like art and music and especially Scripture, in detailed ways to speak a message. If the world would see how dark their eyes have become, how much more bright life would we enjoy.