In Job 31, Job teaches us about what it means to keep our integrity with God and not be found with the wicked on earth and in death. And in saying this, he mentions how he could have been found thinking upon his maids, who very pretty, while still being married to his wife, but it was not worth it. His great faith in God kept him falling into the lusts of the flesh. Because he trusted in God, he didn’t allow himself to fall victim to the sin of fornication and adultery. If he was in our day and age, he would also resist looking at porn as well. Now, before I say anything else, let’s look at what he said. 1“I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.” (Job 31:1-6) Therefore, he knew that it was not worth looking at women with lust who were not his wife. That God is able to see everything we do in life, and nothing is done in secret, like pornography. Every sin we commit God knows about and even counts the number of times we fall victim to them. Therefore, we are to stay far away from even the thought or images that have to do with sexual sin. This lifestyle is not of God and a person’s integrity is thrown out of the window when they indulge in such things. So seek the Lord often, by knowing that your good and bad works are being weighed on a balance before Him. My friends, you can know that you are right in God’s sight the day that you upon Jesus and He washes you clean.
Job continued and said, 1“If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out. If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase. If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?” (Job 31:7-14) Here, Job mentions how he should be punished if he does fall victim to looking at and having relations with another woman while being married. He would eventually have to confront his wife about such things, of which she would most likely divorce him. Also, he would ultimately be confronted before God in judgment come death, if he had not repented of such things on earth. There, he would have to give an answer as to why he allowed his flesh to these sinful things, even know he knew there would be consequences. For this reason, Job did not allow himself to fall victim to sexual sin. This includes staying away from anything that includes having sex outside of marriage, having relations with women while he is married, and looking at women to lust, of which many people do with pornography. As you can see, his faith in God was more important than any fleshly pleasure he could commit on earth. Now, if you have already fallen into sexual sin, repent, before it is too late. Call upon God and plead for His mercy.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that more people will desire to keep their integrity with You, just like Job did. Sexual sin is tearing families apart, while also making singles not feel like they need to get married. Surely, fornication, adultery, pornography, and homosexuality is tearing down the importance of marriage. Surely, lust has filled the atmosphere in our day and many people in the faith have allowed it to seep deep into their lives also. This is very sad, for I know the guilt and shame that comes along with it. I’ve hated the times that I have willfully fallen into sin, for my conscience was seared. Even my desire to do good was tainted, where my desire to look to You in faith is now far gone. Wow! The devil really knows how to push our buttons and is having much success. I wish I could say that I have not allowed these types of sin in my life, but I would be lying. You know everything I do in life God, and I know that I am not a Saint. You have heard my cries each time I have fallen, and I am so happy that You have taken me back. It may have taken some time to get Your presence back in my life again, but it was never Your desire for us to leave Your side anyways. It was us as sinners that grieved the Holy Spirit and therefore, we have distanced ourselves from You, oh God. And to those many times I have fallen, I am sorry. I know that I have done wrong things and pray for Your forgiveness. I do not wish to have Satan come over my life again. Instead, build me up in Your mighty power and keep me far from the clutches of the enemy. I wish to come into Your presence and become holy as You are holy. Cause me to fear You and to not desire to do things that I know will haunt me later on. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. I give You praise. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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