A COVENANT WITH OUR EYES
Like no other time that I can remember is the encouragement of Job to “make a covenant with our eyes,” any more appropriate than it is now. This is because there has hardly been another time when so many things can capture our eyes. Not that this is anything new, it isn’t. Eve was tempted from the very beginning with a trap for her eyes at The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6)
Job seemed to know about the process of seeing with the eyes and putting it into our brains and processing it for good or evil. His covenant was for sexual temptation:
“I made a covenant with my eyes
not to look with lust at a young woman.
Let God weigh me on the scales of justice,
for he knows my integrity.
If I have strayed from his pathway,
or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen.
If my heart has been seduced by a woman,
or if I have lusted for my neighbor’s wife,
then let my wife serve another man;
let other men sleep with her.”
(Job 31:1; 6-7; 9-10)
Job makes a very strong covenant for his eyes and we should as well. This is not just for sexual temptation but also for any “lust of the eyes” that causes our hearts to crumble into chaos and sin.
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Jesus