Devotions

God Thoughts

By Mary Loudermilk
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“The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts” (Psalm 10:4, New King James Version).

All of us probably have some sort of to-do list for our day, even if it’s only in our mind and not written down. There’s work, errands to run, calls to make, and chores at home. Life is hectic and our thoughts are scattered as we run from here to there, trying to get everything accomplished.

But what do we really think about during our day? Do we make time for “God Thoughts” as we dash from one thing to the next? Or are we like the person described in Psalm 10:4 with God “in none of his thoughts”? The Hebrew Names Version says he, “has no room in his thoughts for God.” This gives a slightly different meaning. This person has no thoughts of God because his mind is so full of other things that he can’t – or rather won’t – fit in “God thoughts.” It’s all about him, not God.

God, on the other hand, thinks about us all the time. Psalm 139:17 proclaims, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”

God thoughts settle us. When we think about His grace, mercy, love, faithfulness, compassion (you add to the list), it calms our spirit and helps us cope with our daily rush. We feel more peaceful and serene when He becomes part of our day.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3, English Standard Version).

Today, and every day, have God thoughts as you go about your routine. You will be blessed if you do.

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth . . .  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Colossians 3:2 and Romans 8:6, ESV).

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to focus my thoughts on You, recognizing Your love and faithfulness to me throughout my day. Thank You for the peace these thoughts bring to me. You give me life and joy, and I praise You for this.

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Mary enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and spending time with old friends. Although directionally challenged, she would rather take the back roads with their discoveries than the boredom of the interstate.

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