Every month I receive a hundred or so comments on posted blogs. The one which has received the most feed back is the Second Glance. Inspired by the Casting Crowns’ song Slow Fade, this devotion eludes to the temptation to go beyond appreciating beauty toward lust. While reading the book of Job today, I believe I have stumbled upon a cure to the Second Glance.
“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman,” Job 31:1.
In the midst of struggling to comprehend God’s hand in the death of his children and a deteriorating body, Job changes his attention toward devotion to his wife. As part of a wedding vow or personal commitment to his spouse, Job promises to avoid taking a second glance at other women. Although this may seem old fashion, I’m sure this decision prevented another woman from interfering with his marriage.
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, Job 31:7-8.
Depending upon your personality, spheres of influence and upbringing, everyone has a different way of dealing with situations. Free spirits are vulnerable to becoming loose canons, expressing whatever comes to their minds. Meanwhile the disciplined are often rigid, strict and practice teetotalism, zealous in the enforcement of rules. Most people fall somewhere in between, a hybrid of sorts. Yet, in the end, it comes down to a will to love. The passage above details the passion necessary to fight the urge to take another peek. If you are truly set on overcoming lust, add accountability, Bible Study and a will to love to your daily prayers and routine.
by Jay Mankus