Luke 14:25-35; Genesis 26; Psalm 19
Each morning I wake up and prepare to write these devotionals. After I pray, I read God’s word and meditate on it. Then I write based on what God is saying to me. I do it because I hope to encourage others, but mainly so that those who read can hold me accountable for living how I say I ought to live. In this time, I seek for my meditations to be pleasing to God. The hard part the rest of the day is what I say and do. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) The concern I have, though, is one that those who have followed God through the ages have had. We want to say what is right in the eyes of God and we want to keep our thoughts on the right track. When our meditations lead us away from God, our actions surely will follow. It’s easy to say to ourselves that we’re only thinking something – we’re not doing anything wrong. It’s even easier to justify doing something wrong after we’ve thought about it for awhile. Jesus made the importance of how we think about things very clear in His teaching on adultery and murder. (Matthew 5:21-30) Proverbs 23:7 tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he; so we pray that our words and our thoughts would please God.
Lord God, how easy it is for my thoughts to stray and embrace sinful things. I may sometimes be resentful of restrictions I have in life because of my relationship to You. Remind me that the joy of following You is far greater than dealing with any restrictions. Let my words and my thoughts please You.