“I made a covenant with my eyes
not to look lustfully at a young woman.” Job 31:1 (NIV)
If you see the chapter as a series of statements in which Job points self-righteously at himself (see Luke 18:12!), you have missed the point of the chapter. Job insists that, despite appearances, he is one of God’s covenant people. This concept of the covenant is one thing which makes the Book of Job so relevant to your situation, despite the differences of time, culture, and language. You too live in covenant fellowship with God. You too can say that, despite the suffering and problems in your life, you are among God’s covenant people.
Job 31 is a statement of covenantal loyalty. Job says, “In word and deed, I belong to God.” You belong to the Lord who not only died, but rose triumphantly and ascended to the right hand of the Father. That’s where you are! That makes your obedience, not a matter of indifference, but of joyful obligation. Ultimately that is why Job and you can keep calling out to the Lord with the assurance that he does hear and answer you.
The Sunday afternoon Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on Job 31:1–4.