To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Job 31:1-12 (NIVUK): “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman. For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high? Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?
Does he not see my ways and count my every step? If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit – let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless – if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled, then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted.
If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door, then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her. For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged.
It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest.”
This is a good study, well worth our time to read and meditate upon.
I liked Selwyn’s introduction: “We have already made the observation that we can learn to partner with God daily. We can, however, block this partnership if we do not allow God to make us aware of impurity, pride or resentment. Watch the tendency to pass over such matters as if they were not there. When we do so we are allowing our inner defences to keep us from facing things that are uncomfortable. … Acknowledge anything that is wrong, ask God for forgiveness and tell Him that with His help you will make matters right.”
One thing that I found helpful in today’s reading – was the first verse: “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” I think it’s useful to have a starting position on a range of common temptations that we commonly encounter during our day.
If we were to say to ourselves, I won’t look lustfully at a pretty, young woman (if you are a man; think of the opposite situation if you are a woman), or at a seductive picture of a woman then our will is pre-armed and alarm bells start to ring when such a temptation comes our way. Otherwise, we may find ourselves knee-deep in trouble before we even realise it.