Give Careful Thought to Your Ways
Last month we spent a lot of time & energy learning, memorizing, and reflecting on the things that become true of us as we are “in Christ” from Ephesians. These things are given, or imparted, or made true of us, because of Christ and His work on our behalf.
This week, we heard Keith speak on “giving careful thought to our ways” from Haggai 1:5. Considering. Weighing. Examining.
This implies some action on our part. God has called us chosen, precious, valuable, sons and daughters, and much more. In light of those truths we can look at our lives from the past and the future. We can consider how we have lived, and then consider how we want to move forward. We can, like Daniel from the Bible, resolve to live lives that are carefully thought over.
I am excited to make this true of myself and I hope you are as well. This week we are going to consider some more words of the prophets to the Israelites and then camp out in 2nd Timothy. Hopefully as you read words from Joshua, Isaiah, and Jeremiah you will be spurred on to pray and allow the Holy Spirit to examine the way that you have been heading as well as shed light on where He wants you to go.
Read the following three passages aloud several times each.
Joshua is the leader that God appointed to follow Moses and to lead the people into the Promised Land. As he is getting ready to die, he exhorts the people to consider how they are living and choose each one for themselves how they will order their lives.
Isaiah is a prophet to the Israelites as they have departed far from the Lord and His ways, despite their words to Joshua. In this passage he is asking the people to consider their thinking. They are at the point of being taken captive and headed into exile in a foreign land.
Jeremiah is also a prophet about the time of the exile.
After reading these, consider this:
What is the Lord impressing on your heart about your life & times?
What does He want you to give careful thought to?
Are there ways that you are saying “I will not walk in Your ways”?