Tag: covenant with eyes
Scripture reading for May 29th: Job 29-31
It would be so easy to be right with God if we just had a checklist of things that pleased God. We could do the things that God said we must do and avoid those He said were sinful. In fact, we do have such instruction throughout the Bible, particularly in the Ten Commandments and the Great Commandments of Jesus Christ. (Exodus 20:1-17) (Matthew 22:37-39) However, in Job’s day, he must have had an understanding of what God considered right and wrong before any Scripture was published.
In chapter 31, Job takes an inventory of things that he believes to be wrong. Job made a covenant with his eyes not to look lustfully at a woman. He knew that this was the beginning of trouble in his life. The eyes are the window of the soul and what a man focuses them on goes into the heart and stirs up desire. Fornication and adultery for Job were shameful sins to be judged! (Job 31:8-12) They would ruin his own family and children and he understood that. Four thousand years later, mankind still has not grasped the understanding of this that Job possessed!
Job knew that he must deal justly with his servants. He knew that all men were made equal in God’s sight and that each person was formed in their mother’s womb. (Job 31:13-15) He also knew that he was responsible to help the poor, the widow, and the fatherless. God cares for these who are often mistreated and abused in society. He has placed within those who know Him, a desire to help the unfortunate. Social justice is found in Job’s heart 4000 years ago!
Job knew it was wrong to put trust in money or possessions. These could easily become idols that limit our understanding of the true God. He knew that creation was wonderful and special, but was not to be worshiped. God alone deserves our worship and anything else would be sin. (Job 31:24-28)
God writes His laws on our hearts and we each have a conscience to help us understand what God likes and dislikes. We can become hardened by sin and have our conscience seared. Job’s trial caused him to take moral inventory of his life and character. He wanted to be sure that he was living in a way that would please God. Why not try this today for yourself?