May 7th Making Promises With Our Eyes


Reading: Proverbs 7:1-27

Canadian Inuit’s have an intriguing way of catching wild wolves. They coat a dagger in blood, freeze it, then coated again and again and again. By the time they finish it’s impossible to tell, that, under all the frozen blood is a very sharp dagger. They bury the dagger in the snow. The wild wolves sniff it out, dig it up and start licking. What the wolves think is a tasty meal, is actually their death.

“With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.
All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer stepping into a noose
till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.” ( vs 21-23)

Solomon continues with what is a major theme of the first nine chapters of Proverbs, his challenge towards the dangers of adultery. What looks so tempting is actually death. I love what Job says, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” (Job 31:1 NIV). Solomon tells us the battle of our eyes begins in our hearts, wisdom becomes a guard, wisdom puts limits on our actions. Wisdom leads us to make a promise (like Job) with our eyes to let nothing capture our gaze, other than Jesus.

Jesus says ….

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” (Matthew 5:27-29)

For Memorisation

“Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart” ( Proverbs 7:2-3 NIV 1984)

Prayer

Father, like Job I want to make a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully, at anything or anyone. Lord help me to be disciplined in what captures my heart. Please allow your wisdom to guard me, cover me and lead me. When I stumble, catch me. When I fall lift me. I thank you that on the cross you defeated my sin, died my death, paid the price for all my sin. I thank you that there is a day coming, in the new Heaven, and on the new Earth when all relationships will be free of lust, manipulation and lies. Help me live as if in Heaven right now. Your Kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Comments:

  • Rachel Prentice says:

    I am quickly realising that there is more in Proverbs than at first meets the eye. I have read them many times during my life, but had not looked on them as a challenge in quite the same way as now.

  • Mary Dicker says:

    At last, I thought, a sin that doesn’t affect me anymore! After all, I am getting old, but then I read Andy’s prayer from Job. I want to make a covenant like Job not to look lustfully at anyone or anything. So not just about sexual desire, but about the desire for things too.
    It struck me that: ‘Lust is wanting that which you have no right to.’ So, Lord, I pray Job’s prayer too. Amen.



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