July 14, 2014

Today you should read: Job 31

Job 31 opens with one of the most convicting verses in all of scripture, particularly for men. Job, in the horrible season of trial and tribulation, reasserts his passion for integrity. He tells himself, the Lord, and anyone who will ever read this book that he’s not giving in or giving up on this basic moral truth: lust is not of God. Here’s what he says (in a few translations in case the original context doesn’t make sense):

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?”
(Job 31:1 ESV)

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.”
(Job 31:1 NLT)

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.”
(Job 31:1 NIV)

This is the verse that many purity-encouraging ministries use as their banner. It’s also what the famous internet pornography filter/reporting web company, Covenant Eyes, bases their software off of. But how do we apply this today? And what do ladies take away?

First: know that God takes lust {and all sin} seriously. He does not give meaningless rules; He knows the harm ANY lust does to our hearts, and His perfect standard is unwavering. Lust put Jesus on the cross. We need to think like Job and make a covenant.

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
(Psalm 119:9-11 ESV)

Second: lust applies to more than just our physical desires. We all lust, daily, for things/status/money/relationships/etc.

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
(1 John 2:16-17 ESV)

Third: our resolve must be bold. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we must passionately fight our sin. The “eye covenant” Job made in this chapter is one to emulate.

What did you take away from this chapter? What has the Lord been teaching you through the book of Job? Finally, how can we pray for you today? Be blessed, CPC!

Posted by: Todd Thomas

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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