Scriptural Gem for May 2017

In Matthew 5:28 we read, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” 

It is most important to establish what comes first in this verse. Many automatically assume that the ‘looking’ comes first, but that is not what the text indicates. Rather, it states that he “has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Do you see that the lustful look is just a result of existing adultery in the heart? (Therefore, it is ridiculous to say, “I will not look, I will not look!” That does not solve the problem at all. It is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.)

These thoughts link with Numbers 13:16 – 33. Twelve spies were sent out into the land of Canaan by Moses at God’s command. Ten returned with a “bad report” and two were positive and confident that it would be possible to “go up and take possession of the land.” Were they both looking at the same things? Of course they were! However, the faith of the men differed. Ten doubted God’s ability or interest in fulfilling His promises to His people, and two were certain that God would keep His word and give the land to the Israelites.

There is a wonderful lesson for us in this. How we see our lives and events that occur in them is a direct result of what is in our hearts. If we see our circumstances as terrible or disastrous, it reveals a lack of trust in God who promises to “in all things… [work] for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). Having a heart which is anchored in God, secure in the knowledge of who He is, will dramatically change the way we view what happens to us in our lives.

Friends, let us apply this test to ourselves. Let us take careful note of how we ‘see’, for that will reveal everything about our hearts. We may need to go to the great Heart Surgeon to have our vision corrected! Amen.