It’s TIME to make a ‘COVENANT’ with our EYES
June 3 Bible Reading: Job Chapters 31-33
"I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman?" (Job 31:1)
In a last effort to prove his innocence and to move God to act on his behalf, Job makes an oath, enumerating a lengthy list of sins of which he is innocent. In the above verse, Job mentions that he had made a covenant with his eyes not to look lustily on a woman. This covenant conveys the truth that lustful acts are preceded by lustful looks and thoughts. Job determined in his heart to exercise the will power necessary not to think lustful thoughts about young maidens. He disciplined himself not to take the second look that leads to lust!
The ethical content of Job’s confession, with its emphasis on inward motivation (see vv. 1, 2, 24, 25, 33, 34) and attitude (see vv. 1, 7, 9, 26, 27, 29, 30), is unique and unparalleled until Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew chapters 5–7). In one final plaintive defense of his integrity, Job recounted his life of moral integrity. When Job made a covenant with his eyes, he wisely recognized that the eye is the main avenue for temptation (see vv. 7, 9, 26, 27).
Job’s sufferings had caused him to make a sweeping inventory of his inner life. One of the areas he evaluated was his attitude toward women. He catalogued the steps of lust from “looking upon a virgin” (v. 1), to allowing one’s heart to follow one’s eyes (v. 7), to finally allowing oneself to be enticed by a woman and then scheming to have her (v. 9).
It is clear that Job viewed lust as a serious moral failure (v. 11). God sees all our ways and counts all our steps (v. 4). God sees everything (Heb. 4:13) and ultimately we are accountable to Him. So, we must abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thess. 4:3), and this is our boundary of morality with regards to lust of the eyes (Matt. 5:28). God has called us to holiness – not to uncleanness (1 Thess. 4:7). So, we should maintain holiness by not permitting any filth to pass through our eye-gate…for a look that lingers can lead to lust!
Let us never forget that the mighty king David, a man after God's own heart, succumbed to temptation by looking at Bathsheba bathing that led him to committing adultery, murder and serious deception later. It’s time to make a covenant with our eyes today!