I fear that, at times, we do not take sin seriously enough. We minimize the danger we face in this war of the soul. Jesus told us that it was better to gouge out our eyes and cut off our hands if it would prevent us from sinning with these instruments of our body. (see Matthew 5:27-30 for instance) Job was no such individual. He took the war against sin very seriously. So seriously, that in Job 31:1 he says, “I made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?”
What did he mean by that? Listen to what one commentator from a couple of hundred years ago said about this:
“He made a bargain with his eyes that he would allow them the pleasure of beholding the light of the sun and the glory of God shining in the visible creation, provided that they would never [gaze at anything that might cause impure desires] and if they did, they must [repent] for it with much tears. (Matthew Henry)
If we want to keep our hearts pure we must guard our eyes and never let them stray on forbidden paths, not even for a moment! Today, make a pact with your eyes! Make them promise to look only at that which would be pleasing to the Lord, and then hold them to their promise!