by Pastor Lee Hemen
April 30, 2008
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalms 139:17)
I learned something again today for about the umpteenth time! (That’s a lot of times for those of you who do not know this phrase.) I learned anew that by the time we pray about God’s guidance in doing His will, the opportunity to join God can be gone! We may have spent too much time in prayer, rather than looking and doing. Henry Blackaby writes that “A tender, sensitive heart will be ready to respond to God at the slightest prompting. God makes your heart tender and sensitive in the love relationship so you are in tune with what is on His heart for the circumstances around you.” If you are going to work for the Lord, you need to know where He is working and join Him there immediately, not after you have prayed about it. You can spend so much time praying about knowing God’s will that you miss the opportunity He has for you to join Him in it! Why is this important for today’s passage?
Dear child of the Lord, if you readily say that God’s thoughts are precious to you, but you have no idea what they are, then they cannot be precious because you have no idea what they are! Duh! David could sing that God’s thoughts were precious to him because he knew his relationship with God was there even before he was born: “your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalms 139:16) WOW!
If you are a child of the Lord, then His thoughts should be the most important thing in your life to know. After all, He is the Creator of the Universe! We often mouth the words that God’s word is “a lamp unto my feet,” but we fail in really believing any aspect of it.
His Word is certainly the Bible He has given us, but He also has some “words” to say to us on a daily basis. Those words will never be in conflict with His written Word found in Scripture, and they will always agree with God’s nature and what He is about. Here’s an example: God will never tell you that you are pathetic or a sinner. Never! If you are one of His own, He loves you, knows you fully from before you were born, He drew you to himself, and if He knows you completely then He knows the good, the bad, the ugly, and the best of you! Paul said there is “NO condemnation” for those who are in Jesus! Who can bring anything against one of God’s elect? Only Jesus can and He will not because He saved you!
God’s word is precious to us because it is His word spoken to our heart that tells us and reassures us of our continual walk with Him. They are precious because they are ours and no one else’s. They are the oral counsel from the throne room of the Lord. It is the whispers of love and encouragement that we all need at just the right time. It is the plan for our lives as we fit into the will of God and join Him where He is.
Let me ask you: Are God’s words precious to you? Not just the Bible, His written word, but His spoken word that is just for you as you abide in Him? Oh, I pray it is dear child of the Lord! If you do not hear God speak to you, isn’t it about time you did? He speaks to us by the Holy Spirit, through His Word, prayer, the church, and our circumstance. All will be in agreement and none will conflict with who God is. Now go on and talk with God today.
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