NIV Outdoorsman Bible: Navigating the Night


Jason CruiseBy Jason Cruise

Current research has proven that deer can see some variations of color. Deer are dichromatic, and see mainly in blue-green and yellow hues. The reason deer have greater night vision than humans is because the anatomy of their eyes is different—they have more rods in their eyes than they have cones, and those rods are the main receptors of light in low-light situations. Thus, they have an enhanced ability to navigate a dark world.

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Though we’re limited in our nighttime vision, every follower of Christ has a supernatural ability to navigate a dark world, for we live in the light of the truth of Jesus Christ. We have power to see, and therefore interpret, our surroundings in ways that keep us moving toward Christ-likeness because, once we’ve accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin, we receive the power of the Holy Spirit. Through that Spirit-generated power, we can fully trust the paths in which we walk because he has given us everything we need to survive the wilderness of this dark world.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. —2 Peter 1:3

Think It Through

Every sin starts with believing a lie. Is there any lie you’re believing right now that is causing you to misinterpret your situation?

Also read the Bible Gateway Blog posts:

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The above article is excerpted from the NIV Outdoorsman Bible, Lost Camo Edition (Zondervan, 2019). Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Published by Zondervan. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

The NIV Outdoorsman Bible, Lost Camo Edition is published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the parent company of Bible Gateway.

BIO: Jason Cruise (@JasonLCruise) is executive editor of NIV Outdoorsman Bible, Lost Camo Edition (Zondervan, 2019), founder of MISSION, senior pastor at ClearView Baptist Church, an author, speaker, and video producer in the hunting industry. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, Michelle, and their sons, Cole and Tucker. Visit

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