Our Proverbs reading reminds us that even the thoughts of an evil man or woman are an abomination to God, because, as Matthew Henry says, “thoughts are words to God.” Think about that! Thoughts are words to God!
Thoughts come, even ungodly ones at times, but what do we do with them? Do we take them and consider them, look at them from different angles, or do we reject those that are not pleasing to Him? What are you saying to God with your thoughts?
A thought, like a bird, may come and land on your head, but you don’t have to let it build a nest!
1 Samuel 16 & 17
What do you see?
1 Samuel 16 & 17:
What God Sees
Verse 16.7, “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'”
God doesn’t look at outward appearances, nor at the amount of education, nor financial or social status, nor great beauty. He looks at the heart!
Make it your ambition to please God with your life (2 Cor. 5.9). Do what you have to do to make yourself available to serve Him. Ask Him to give you the right heart attitude and He will do mighty things. You do your part and He will do His. In fact, it’s His grace that enables us to even do “our part.”
What We Should See
Chapter 17 recounts the familiar story of David and Goliath.
Verse 24, “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid.”
But the young man David saw things differently:
Verse 26b, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
The other men looked at their size in relation to the size of the giant, but David looked at the giant in relation to the size of His God!
How do you see your problems? Do you see them in relation to God or do you see yourself in relation to your problems? One way leads to greater faith in God the other leads to fear, worry and doubt. Continue reading