Do you have diplopia? Some of you may know what that is.
What is it?
If you’ve never heard the term diplopia, it is the medical term for double vision. It is the simultaneous perception of two images instead of a single one.
Therefore, vision is not clear; it is not singular.
It can occur in one eye or both. One resource says, “Most causes of monocular [one eye] diplopia stem from poor focusing of light by the eye.”
It can be caused by a range of serious underlying conditions, injuries, or just doing things that are not healthy for the body.
Do we have it?
Yes, we have it. We have a range of serious underlying conditions that cause our spiritual eyes to focus on multiply images instead of One, just by doing what is unhealthy for our spirit.
Our vision is not clear; it is not singular.
We have “poor focusing of light by the eye.”
Jesus said, “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.” (Luke 11:34 NLT)
Too many things to focus on get in the way and darken our vision.
Things like lust and power and wealth and climbing the success ladder and acquiring things and having a bigger house and a better car and overloaded schedules.
These become as gods and we lose our primary focus.
What does God say?
The first of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Ex. 20:3 NKJV) That doesn’t mean we can have other gods after Him.
The word for before also means above, over, against, beside, in addition to, together with, touching, and so on. The word used for Me doesn’t exactly mean me. It means face, presence, countenance, front, sight, and so on.
So, it means no other gods in addition to or together with or in the face of God!
As God told Israel, “You shall know or recognize no God but Me, for there is no Savior besides Me.” (Hosea 13:4 Ampc)
And Commandment #2 says, “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything.” (Ex. 20:4a NLT) Why? Because God is a jealous God and “will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” (Ex. 20:5b NLT)
How many idols and little gods do we have? Where is our affection?
How is our condition resolved?
The author of Hebrews tells us that “We must keep our eyes on Jesus.” (Heb. 12:2 CEV) The Amplified says, “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus.”
We focus on Jesus. Keeping our heart, mind, soul, and spirit filled with His Light. Sharing our affection, our love, with Him alone.
Do we desire to look away from the world’s distractions? Or are we like Israel and have our eye on a silly golden calf?
Keeping our focus singular, with a whole heart. That’s the remedy.
So…do you sometimes have diplopia?
Single eye blessings to you…Lynn