Job 31

Job 31 has him proclaiming his innocence.  He goes through a litany of ways that he was walked as a godly and blameless man before God.  This was his final defense before his friends as he addressed the injustice he felt God was placing on him.  He begins addressing his eyes.  “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin”?  Job is clear that he has guarded his eyes from lust.  This is a big trap for many men, allowing our eyes to be drawn toward things that we should not see.

It is a rampant problem in our world today, not only among men, but young men and even pastors.  Pornography and sexually illicit movies and photographs are everywhere, and they lead hearts to be drawn in sinful ways.  Job made a covenant with God about his eyes.  The covenant we all can make should cause us to refuse to dwell on lustful images and feelings, which unless we take action to stop them, come very naturally to every male on the planet.  We must learn to restrain our thoughts and desires, which begins with controlling our eyes.

Job is quite confident of his innocence.  He asks that God weigh his life.  “Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity”.  He knew God was watching all the time and knew exactly what his life had been.  He isn’t afraid to be held accountable for what he’s done.  Job knows he has lived a good life.  He asks God to show him where he’s missed.  “If I have concealed my transgressions as others do by hiding my iniquity in my bosom”.  He’s ready to confess and repent if he is guilty of sin.

Job wants an audience with God.  “I would give him an account of all my steps”.  He wants the chance to defend his life and actions. He gets things a bit confused when he sees God has his accuser.  Satan is the accuser, God is the ultimate authority and judge.  It is the enemy that is dragging Job through these circumstances, not God.  We all will stand before God someday and give account.  But God is not our adversary – Satan and his army of evil is what works continually to destroy us.

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