Swipe Right by Levi Lusko

Swipe Right by Levi Lusko

Author:Levi Lusko
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: 2017-02-02T16:00:00+00:00


There is truth to the adage that the eyes are the windows to the soul. What you let in through your eyes will work its way inside. Jesus warned us multiple times in the Gospels that our eyes can cause us to sin (Matthew 5:29; 18:9). He spoke about it with one of the most shocking and disgusting pictures in the whole Bible: it would be better to gouge out your eyes than to see and experience hellfire (Matthew 18:9). John told his readers that three different enemies oppose us: “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16, emphasis added).

Remember Achan, who swiped the booty from Jericho and triggered a curse? Here are his words about what happened: “I saw, I coveted, I took, I hid” (Joshua 7:21, author’s paraphrase). That is the path to sin pretty much every time: I saw, I coveted, I took, I hid.

That’s what happened when Eve disobeyed God’s instructions in the garden of Eden, committing the sin that plunged the world into darkness: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate” (Genesis 3:6). Soon after they were hiding under fig leaves, suddenly aware of and ashamed by their nakedness. I saw, I coveted, I took, I hid.

And it’s what happened when David creeped on and became obsessed with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his soldiers. He covered up his lust with the murder of her husband, but his crime began with a look: “Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold” (2 Samuel 11:2). Seeing Bathsheba was a mistake; the sin started when David didn’t stop looking. He hadn’t done anything wrong until he began coveting. But when he allowed the juices to start flowing, it became very easy to take what wasn’t his and eventually shed blood to hide what he had done. I saw, I coveted, I took, I hid.

That is why Job was so wise to make the following arrangement: “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman” (Job 31:1 NIV). We need to make the same covenant, because even if our doors are locked, Satan will come into our lives through open windows. In fact, the devil tried to do exactly that with Jesus during his forty-day temptation in the wilderness: he showed Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world” and promised them in exchange for Jesus’ allegiance (Luke 4:5–7).

The reason David failed where Jesus, the Son of David, did not is what they did after they saw what they saw.


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