More Than Meets the Eye
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? ~Job 31:1
A covenant is meant to be an unbreakable contract between two parties. It is meant to stay in place and be honored by both parties. The only action that could break a covenant was death. The parties to a covenant would “cut the covenant” as their way of pledging their honor and commitment to their respective responsibilities. We see an example of this in Genesis 15:9-18. Job made an outstanding statement when he said, “I made a covenant with mine eyes.” Our eyes are our source of vision and seeing. We take for granted the gift of sight. Let us meditate on the insight and wisdom of making a covenant with our eyes.
Let’s get our eyes on Him.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Heb. 12:2. Visually, it is very easy for us to be distracted. At the Mount of Transfiguration, the disciples saw Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. Peter said, “Let us make three tabernacles.” This situation was turned around so that they saw no man, save Jesus only, Matthew 17:8. Let’s keep our eyes on His deity. He is completely God and He is Commander God. He is sitting at the right hand of the throne of God. Let us keep our eyes on His death and the longsuffering He teaches us from this grueling experience.
Let’s get our eyes on our holiness.
“I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” Job was being falsely accused of sins and bad character. In his testimony, he made it clear that he was not guilty of any of the things being said of him. He is the only man in Scripture who made a covenant with his eyes. In so doing, he was safeguarding himself from falling into sins of immorality. He did not want the trial he was going through make him spiteful towards his wife and to become covetous. His covenant was for his personal purity and sanctification.
Let’s get our eyes on his help.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth,” Psalm 121:1-2. When we are overwhelmed by our problems, we need to get our eyes on the help that God gives us. The psalmist knew from experience that he had to get his eyes from looking down to looking up. The word in Hebrew for help is “ezer.” The Lord calls Himself Jehovah Ezer, the Lord our helper. He is a ready help. He is a reliable help. He is a reinforcing help. The enemy retreats and runs for safety when the Lord is our help. When the Lord is our help, there is no need for a plan B! “The Lord is my refuge and strength: a very present help in time of need,” Psalm 46:1.
Let’s get our eyes on our homecoming.
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,” Tit. 2:13. What keeps us fervently living for God? What keeps us motivated in getting the gospel to sinners and reaching the world with the gospel? What keeps our perspective right when we get discouraged? It is looking for the coming of our Lord to take us to Heaven! Paul describes the Rapture as that “Blessed Hope.” It is our assurance that everything we go through is worth it because Jesus is coming for us. The hymn writer penned, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus.” When He comes, He will receive us unto Himself, that where He is we may be also. Our homecoming is not far away. Keep your eyes on it!
Whenever we do an eye exam, the doctor always wants us to focus our vision to determine our visual acuity. Let us focus our spiritual vision to maximize the victorious Christian life and the joy of Jesus in us. Getting our focus right is more than meets the eye!
Have a focused God Morning!
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