The headline stories of this past week here in the US were about trial lawyer and former presidential candidate John Edwards’ personal trial to determine whether or not he used campaign funds to keep his mistress quiet about their affair and their baby during the time his wife was dying of cancer. The reporting on Edwards was only given a breather when there was an update on the secret service’s problems with agents employing prostitutes for recreational activity while on duty recently in Brazil. In the midst of all this I read Job 31:1.
I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.
I remember Billy Graham making a rule in the early days of his evangelistic ministry that men on his team were not to be alone with a woman. They were to make calculated moves to make sure this did not happen so that there would be no chance “for even the appearance of evil”. This was the covenant those who worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association were required to make with the Lord to stay pure.
A covenant is an agreement, a contract that seals a promise. Covenant-making makes a preemptive strike more plausible. First Peter says, “satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone he can devour”(5:8b,c). We must be ready to defeat him at all times. If the news is any indication, it seems like sexual sin is still one of his favorites tactics. Perhaps some personal covenants with the Lord are in order!
With Katie Lloyd this Saturday for Scripture and a Snapshot,