““I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?”
(Job 31:1, ESV)
“I have made a solemn promise never to look with lust at a woman.”
(Job 31:1, GNB)
In the 18th-century John Gill, in his Exposition on the Scriptures, wrote about this verse: “(Job made a covenant)…. Not to look upon a woman, and wantonly gaze at her beauty, lest his heart should be drawn thereby to lust after her; for the eyes are inlets to many sins …. both in bad men and good men …. Job …. entered into a solemn engagement …. made a resolution in the strength of divine grace, not to employ his eyes in looking on objects that might ensnare his heart, and lead him to …. sin; he made use of all ways and means, and took every precaution to guard against it …. to …. turn his eyes from beholding what might be alluring and enticing to him …. he made a covenant with his eyes, to prevent any impure thoughts, desires, and inclinations in him; for the eye affects the heart, and stirs up lust in it …. the thought of sin is sin (as Jesus taught in Matthew 5:27-30 and 15:19) and (Job) had the same notion of lust in the heart being fornication and adultery as he (Jesus) had …. good men are not without temptation to sin …. and therefore should carefully shun all appearances of evil …. and take every necessary precaution to guard against it.”
Job’s commitment to moral purity is an example worthy of being followed (by both men and women). However, in the twenty-first century, the Internet offers us unprecedented access to material that can arouse lust. I firmly believe in the roles of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and prayer in resisting temptation, but I also agree with Gill that we should take every precaution to guard against sin. An important precaution that I use in my own life to guard against Internet temptations is Covenant Eyes, an Internet accountability and filtering service. I encourage you to check out this program. If you are interested in signing up you can receive a free 30-day trial at https://covenanteyes.com/signup/?promocode=DY7. You can learn more at the Covenant Eyes homepage or my Internet Safety page.