“How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.” Psalm 139: 17-18
When I first read this verse I thought about Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.” I was thinking about how great His thoughts are, how “godly ” they are, how they are so much better than mine, so much wiser than mine. I was thinking in terms of His thoughts and ways solving my problems. Not quite what God was thinking…
My devotion this morning said, “Love thinks.” God thinks about me. And His thoughts are full of kindness, gentleness, love. He never thinks ugly thoughts about me. He never thinks unkind things about me. He never thinks hateful things about me. He has good thoughts about me. He thinks about how much He loves me and He makes plans for me and delights in every detail of those plans.
Now, I compare that to my thoughts about other people…ewww! My thoughts about others are so dirty compared to God’s thoughts. They can be mean, hateful, malicious, and catty towards the people I love! Not to mention the people who get on my nerves.
I am doing The Love Dare by Stephen & Alex Kendrick. It goes along with the movie Fireproof. This study is for improving marriages, but I am finding that it is making me see ungodly ways I treat a lot of people. How often do I jump on the band wagon of gossip or slander? How often do I look at my “record of wrongs” against someone instead of making a list of what they do right? How often do I think about people the way God thinks of me? I truly have to answer, not very often.
What would happen if for one day, or one week, I decided to be more careful with my thoughts and when an ugly thought pops up quickly “take it captive and make it obedient to Christ?” (2 Cor10:5) Will I be surprised at the number of times I really do have ugly thoughts about others? What if, when I hear others gossiping or slandering someone, I try to think of something nice to say about the person? Wouldn’t I want others to treat me that way? Wouldn’t I want them to stand up for me and say something nice?
What I learned today is this. My ugly thoughts can turn into ugly words and actions and hurt others deeply. No one is perfect. We are have our little quirks that get on each other’s nerves. If I don’t practice thinking about what is true, noble, right, lovely, pure, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy about others (Phil. 4:8), our relationship will grow apart and trust will be lost. Trust is easy to lose and hard to regain. This also includes thoughts about myself. I can be pretty mean to myself thinking I’m not good enough,or smart enough, or talented enough or enough of anything. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:140).
Thank You for loving me and only having good thoughts about me, Father. Help me to be more thoughtful towards others.
Read: Psalm 139