Wednesday, February 20, 2008

TENDING THE EYES

The eye is sophisticated and powerful able to discern the difference between 256,000 Wal-Mart paint swatches. With a gazillion rods and cones, they discern light and dark, distance, and color. When my eyes are open, they are taking in all that they see. How do I guard them from evil?

For the most part, King David cared if there was evil in his sight. He said, "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes;" and so he would not permit evil people to be before him (Psalm 101:3). He did not want bad people in his court. He was a great man of faith and a better man than I'll ever be. But David did lust for Bathsheba with his eyes. Because he did not gaurd his eyes, he sinned and God punished him. When he repented, he prayed, "Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin" (Psalm 51:2). I'm glad God forgives, but what can I do to avoid the sin? How do I guard myself from sinning? Jesus warned against lusting after a woman with the eyes (Mt. 5). Even with your eyes, you can commit adultery in the heart. I could keep my eyes closed, but eventually I have to open them. I could pluck them out, but there must be a better way.

I like Job's idea. He said, "I have made a covenant with my eyes" and so he would not lust for a young woman (Job 31:1). Job's "covenant" makes me wonder if I have truly addressed my eyes. I don't want to sound like I'm always sinning with my eyes, but the potential for sin is all over the television, billboards, magazine covers, and the internet. So it seems prudent to have a talk with my eyes about these before they are encountered. The word Job used meant "compact" as between two men who had a special agreement with each other. The same word is used often for the covenant God makes with His people. Job had an agreement with his eyes as to what they could see and what they could not. Job made a choice about what he would not look at. He would watch where he was going while carefully diverting them from things sinful.

The example of these two godly men remind me to guard my eyes. Just because we can see something, doesn't mean that we should. I'm not sure Job would have watched many of the R or PG rated movies we have become comfortable with. Part of being a responsible grown up is owning our actions. God has given us the eyes and He requires that we learn to divert our eyes from things that are immoral. Success in this area begins with looking to God and being guided by His Word. As the Psalmist said, "My eyes are continually toward the LORD," (25:12). By faith we keep our eyes on God and keep our eyes from sinning.
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Good insight. Thanks for your study of the word.

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