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Job 31:7-8 (ERV)
If I ever stepped off the right path, if my eyes led my heart to do evil, or if my hands are dirty with sin, then let others eat what I planted. Let my crops be pulled up by the roots.
Imagine the devastating effects of wildfires on farmers and their farmlands. It makes for a total waste of time, effort, resources and ultimately loss of profits. Therefore, in order to prevent such disastrous losses and ensure harvest, farmers make great efforts to invest in mitigation strategies, some of which include having fences, caution signs, etc.
The eyes are one of the gates by which spiritual wildfires are lit or by which devourers of harvest gain access to one’s life. For instance, the willful and careless viewing of sexually explicit materials, leads to ignition of lustful flames in one’s heart, which if not put off, ultimately leads to sexual sins, whose nature are such that they burn up and uproot one’s harvest, without a trace of his prior efforts (Job 31:9-12, James 1:14-15).
Believers are laborers or farmers in God’s vineyard and are supposed to reap harvest (2Timothy 2:6). If after our labor, we then allow ourselves to fall prey to sexual sins by what we look at, we condemn ourselves to judgment and shame (Proverbs 6:32-33). Therefore, we must ensure we are not bereft of caution regarding the ever increasing temptation of sexual sin, but that we must at all times, turn our eyes away from lust evoking objects (Job 31:1, Mark 9:47) and focus it firmly on God’s word (Hebrews 12:2).
Make a covenant today with your eyes not to give objects of sin a second glance. As you do so, your harvest which you have labored and waited for will surely be yours.