I have made a covenant (agreement) with my eyes; How then could I gaze [lustfully] at a virgin? Job 31:1 (AMPLIFIED)
There are very few characters in the Scripture who are described in the same way as Job was described by the author of the book of Job in the first verse. To be sure, it wasn’t only the author of the book that described him that way, God also gave this same wonderful testimony to Satan about Job (Job 1:1, 8)
Job 1:1, 8 (KJV)
There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
What made this man so thick and special that God would give such a remarkable and enviable testimony about him?
The Scriptures give us some profound insight into his life as the author of the book of Job pens down in the first verse of the thirty first chapter. The author by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit reveals to us Job’s heart posture and one of the powerful commitments he made in order to please God in the time he lived. He remarked that “Job made a covenant of purity with his eyes”. ‘He decided that he would not look at anything that would inflame lust in his heart’. This remark dovetails to some degree with the remark of the author of the book of Ecclesiastes as he pens down that “there’s nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (New Living Translation)
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.
The author of Ecclesiastes reveals to us a relevant truth that is apt and relevant to our contemporary culture. He reveals that the things that were prevalent in the days of Job and even Solomon are still prevalent today. So Job lived in a culture which was also highly sexualized and pornographic. But Job by an act of his will, deliberately made “a covenant of purity with his eyes”. He decided that he would not deliberately look at anything that would cause his passion to be inflamed and cause him to displease God.
Similarly, if you’re going to please God in this godless culture that we live in, and be victorious in the war against sexual lust that wars against your soul (1 Peter 2:11), you must of necessity make a covenant of purity with your eyes.
1 Peter 2:11 (KJV)
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
To be sure, there’s never been any time in human history when the culture was so pornographic and highly sexualized like we see in this evil culture that we live in. From the billboards, television adverts, magazines, movies, and the social media space, there’s a heightened level of perversity, an open display of nudity, vulgarity, lewdness, and the gross promotion of immorality in the culture. Hence, if you’re going to be truly wise like Job, as well as please God, you must follow the same path of making a covenant of purity with your eyes including; every other gate into your soul, namely: ear, nose and mouth gates. To do otherwise will be to be swept away by the spirit of the age that rules the culture.
Additionally, the Scripture reveals to us that Job wasn’t the only individual who made such a covenant of purity in order to be free from sexual lust and please God. David, a man after God’s own heart made a similar covenant, and even went so far as to make prayers to God in that regard (Psalm 101:1-3; Psalm 119:37).
Psalms 101:1-3 (New Living Translation)
I will sing of your love and justice, Lord . I will praise you with songs. I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them.
Psalms 119:37 (AMPLIFIED)
Turn my eyes away from vanity [all those worldly, meaningless things that distract—let Your priorities be mine], And restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways.
Sadly, David fell from the lofty height that God enabled him to attain by committing sexual immorality. This happened when ‘he chose to discountenanced the covenant he made with God in this regard’.
Astonishingly, the Amplified Bible (Classic Edition) gives a well rounded and profound definition of sexual immorality (fornication and adultery). It defines sexual immorality in three arenas namely: thoughts, words, and deeds (1 Corinthians 6:18).
1 Corinthians 6:18 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
Shun immorality and all sexual looseness [flee from impurity in thought, word, or deed]. Any other sin which a man commits is one outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
Truthfully, no one enters into any form of appreciable or enviable kind of relationship with God casually and unconsciously. It is only through a deliberate commitment to do so! Hence, it will cost you something, and such commitments will move you out of your comfort zone. So it is in the arena of sexual purity!
Furthermore, it is instructive to note that our Lord Jesus Christ shows us clearly in the sermon on the mount that only the pure in heart will see and experience God. (Matthew 5:8).
Matthew 5:8 (New Living Translation)
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
This remark by the Lord Jesus Christ gives us an idea, that it is Satan who is trying to defile the believer’s heart and sexualize the culture. His main motive is to prevent the believer from seeing and experiencing God in his heart.
Hence, if you want to live in victory and stay sexually pure, free from the pervasion of the age, you must follow the pathway of making a covenant of purity with your eyes. You must also resolve not to think about impure and unwholesome things as well as refuse to listen to or engage in lewd discussions that promote immorality.
God’s grace is available, and it is sufficient for all those who will enter into its economy in order to live in victory over the spirit of pervasion that rule the culture. And if God did it for Job, He can do it for you as well. But it begins by you making a covenant of purity with your eyes.