The Apple of Your Eye
Monday, January 08, 2018
Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye . . . to keep you
from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress
with her smooth words.
Proverbs 7 is a case study in temptation. The main character is a young man, and the temptation is sexual sin, but the principles apply to all of us and all the temptations that are sure to come our way (Luke 17:1).
Note this—temptation always involves a test. Some principle, some commitment, some standard is at stake—whether it’s the forbidden woman who threatens our marriage vow, the cream pie that tests our resolve to lose weight, or a lucrative business deal that puts our ethics on trial. If you have no convictions, you have no temptations! As the unscrupulous Lord Darlington put it in Oscar Wilde’s famous play: “I can resist anything but temptation.”
Since temptation tests convictions, Solomon appeals for strong convictions! Keep my teaching as the apple of your eye, he says. The apple of the eye is the pupil—that tiny, amazing, adjustable opening that enables us to see, and a symbol of all we hold most dear.
You would never be tempted to trade your wedding ring for a new car. The car might be much more expensive, but that ring stands for something precious, like the apple of your eye. Learn to treasure the things of God. Keep His truth as something precious and irreplaceable. And when temptation puts you to the test, stand on the Word of God and His promises (2 Pet. 1:4).
Welcome to Christ Church this first Sunday of 2018. Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me (Ps. 17:8-9).
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