AM I THINKING ABOUT THE LORD?

PROVERBS 3:5-12

5) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;

6) think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.

7) Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

8) This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.

9) Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;

10) then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.

11) Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline;

12) for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.” CSB

OBSERVATION: Am I thinking about the Lord? Is He really the center of my entire life? Do I consider Him in every step I take? Do I put Him first in everything I do?

One of the reasons I love reading different translations of the Bible each year is the freshness of perspective that it brings to a very familiar text. I don’t know how many times I have read these verses in Proverbs chapter three, but as I read them today the one thing that jumped off the page was this statement,

  • “Think about Him in all your ways…”

The traditional way that I have memorized this statement is – “In all your ways acknowledge Him.” Yet, what a refreshing restatement of this truth in the above statement – “Think about Him in all your ways.” That got me thinking – about my thinking! How much time do I spend thinking about Him, pondering His lovingkindness, considering His faithfulness, meditating upon His truth?

Solomon calls us to this focus and perspective in Proverbs 3:5.

  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.”

How do we rely on our own understanding? I believe it is when we stop thinking about Him and begin filling our thoughts with everything else. We think about our weakness and forget to think about His strength. We think about our rights and forget to think about His cross. Thinking about Him in all our ways will change everything!

1. It will help us find His will for our lives!

  • “Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

2. It will keep us from temptation and falling prey to sin!

  • “Don’t consider yourself to be wise (think about Him!); fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”

3. It will open up His provision of healing, spiritually, emotionally, and physically!

  • “(Think about Him!) This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.”

4. It will open up the windows of heaven for our daily bread and God’s overflowing blessings!

  • “Honor the Lord with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest (think about Him!); then your barns will be completely filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

5. It will give us the perspective we need when we are going through a difficult trial or a time of testing and refining from the Lord!

  • “Do not despise the Lord’s instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline (instead – think about Him!); for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.”

In every thing, in every way, in every opportunity – our call is to think about Him! Watch how fast the enemy flees when you begin to think about Him. Watch how fast your spirit is renewed when you begin to think about Him. Watch how fast your priorities are changed when you begin to think about Him.

And it really is not hard to do. As I daily abide in the Word of God I am thinking about Him. As I run to Him in sincere repentance and prayer I am thinking about Him. As I lift my voice in worship and praise I am thinking about Him. And, as I share His love with others each day I am thinking about Him!

  • “Think about Him in all your ways…”

Now that is a good thought!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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