Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”
When the Almighty, Creator of the universe, gave us free will, He allowed us to choose as we wanted. Whether to like or dislike, love or hate, accept or reject, we choose as we see fit.
God saw that those choices could and would be influenced by both good and evil. When those choices are laid before us plainly, I believe God knows we would choose Him. To see His Son, Jesus, and the sacrifice made for our sins, how could we not?
Yet, some choose to reject Him. In so doing, they condemn their soul to an eternal Hell.
John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
In His Sovereignty, we believe that God rules and controls all things. Yet, we forget that our will can choose the opposite of God’s desire for us. That very same will can determine what will influence our hearts and minds.
Some blame God for choices that others make that affect our lives. They falsely think that if God is truly in control of everything, why did He not stop that one from hurting loved ones or us damaging our reputation, or even taking a life? Scripture tells us:
Proverbs 21:1-2 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
Yet, we forget that to take unto ourselves the judgment of anything using only what we possess is infinitesimally minute compared to what God designed for our life. To trust our heart for anything is foolish.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Our heart, or the center of our being, is where opinions form, decisions made, and belief systems established. What we allow to influence us will determine who and what we become.
Man has yet to figure out totally, how the brain functions. We have come so far as to create artificial intelligence and try to replicate the human existence with robots that look very real. Yet, the higher functions of one’s thought process cannot be technologically reproduced. Why is that?
I believe that each of us is the sum of our experiences. Our birth, childhood, growth, education, and maturation all play a part. Every individual is unique in that respect. We can project this and program it into a computer with the result reflecting one person’s experiences, but it falls short of what God designed for us.
Good and evil, right and wrong, are not for man to determine. Our judgment is faulty. To have righteous judgment, we must go to the source.
2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Paul tells young Timothy of the rewards awaiting him when he reaches Heaven. He reveals to us the One who determines right and wrong, good and evil.
Our part in this grand scheme is the choices we make every day. Our enemy knows the importance of those choices and sets out to influence us and turn our gaze from the One who has the perfect plan for our lives.
2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
In our text passage this morning, Job reveals his heart’s choice to influence his heart. He determined that a woman’s beauty or figure was not going to factor into his decision-making regarding his commitment to God.
I believe Job knew that his heart could easily wander from God if he allowed his thoughts to linger on a fancy or fantasy. In this, we learn that Job set up boundaries for himself. He knew that if his eyes remained on the female form, his heart would soon open to the possibilities of evil influence.
His covenant was to honor his commitments. I believe that God is pleased when we submit to His will and His way for our lives. Our part is the choice we make to yield to God’s way and not our own.
Sometimes those choices may seem difficult. Yet, in light of God’s Word, decisions become much more straightforward. I did not say they were easy but simple.
May your day be filled with the right choices that, in the end, would please your Heavenly Father!