Gems 2015 — June 3 Scripture Selection: Job 31-33

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 3 Scripture Selection: Job 31-33

Food for Thought: Job 31:1

Some people believe that it really doesn’t matter what we allow our eyes to see. They don’t believe that there is any harm in allowing our eyes to gaze on anything. But they do not realize the affects on the heart and mind, which ultimately leads to changes in attitudes and behaviors. Job, however, did realize it and set guidelines for himself, which is really self-control (See Gal. 5:23; II Pet. 1:6; II Tim. 3:1-3; Tit. 1:8). He said, “I have made a covenant with my eyes.” It’s simply a safety measure and a way to honor the Lord.

The word covenant is a very strong word. It is a permanent agreement or vow, meant to never be broken. Job’s covenant with his eyes (with himself) reveals how he intended to live in order to avoid a fall or offend God. In Psalm 101:3, David reveals a similar resolve: “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.” Remember what happened when he forgot about that? (See II Sam. 11.)

I John 2:15-17 warns of the lust of the eyes as an element of the world and not of God: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” Clearly, what people set their eyes upon does, indeed, have an impact on them. And because we love the Lord and greatly desire to be a living testimony for others so that many will be drawn to the Light, we, too, can make such a decision to be discriminating about what we choose to allow in our hearts by way of our vision.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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