“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” (Hebrews 13:4)
I was flipping through the radio stations not long ago when I stopped at a familiar radio station and heard them playing a tune, in which one of the lyrics went something like this.
“Man made laws set you free on earth but is God satisfied?”
Evidently, the song was about a woman who had been in love with a man who did something that, in the world’s eyes, was ‘excusable’ but in which her own eyes, was less than excusable (let us consider that it was the obvious: the man left her for another woman), thus she invokes God, saying, “Man made laws set you free on earth, but is God satisfied?”
To be sure, her plight was not that she wished for God to excuse the man or that she was really concerned about this man’s stand before God at all. Rather, it was that she was ‘mad enough’ at this man to invoke God’s name in the matter.
Now the question begs us all to consider, what are those things that we ourselves are engaged in on a human level, that, for example, might be considered ‘excusable’ in man’s eyes, but, which, in God’s eyes, are not? How faithful have we been to our spouse? Do we allow other people to come in the way of that relationship or do we do all we can to preserve it, and guard it? Whether we are married or not, how pure are we with our thoughts? Are we careful to guard our thought-life by not thinking lustfully about another person? Jesus said the sin of committing adultery happened in the heart (which means that a person actually sins in God’s eyes long before any physical act takes place).
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:27-30)
Here, Jesus declares that we are to ‘deal radically’ with those areas in our lives that cause us to sin. Should we ‘actually’ pluck out our eyes? No, but rather the point is to ‘deal radically’ with those areas in our lives that make us to sin. If passing by a store causes us to go inside and sin (by purchasing a pack of cigarettes, or looking at pornographic magazines), then it is time to take the long route by which we will never pass in front of that store again. That is one example of how you could apply this verse.
Job said, “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1) This was one of Job’s ways of dealing with temptation (not to look or think upon anything that caused him to sin).
May the Lord bless you as you consider these things today.