Back on Track

Michael Beck

“So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” (Psalm 73:22-25)

There are times when God shakes His head at what is going on inside our head. Our thoughts are not His thoughts. We think we “see” something, but we see nothing. We think we know something, but we don’t know what God would have us to know. We are operating in our own mind, and not the mind of Christ.

It is a beautiful thing to wake up to the truth. What is the truth but what God has to say about anything. Our “truth” is falsehood. We can be so right in our eyes, but so wrong in God’s sight. We can think we’re as wise as Solomon, but we’re no more than a beast before God. And then we see; the blinders come off; the high things are cast down; sanity returns.

We need God to guide our thoughts every bit as much as we need Him to guide our feet. To lean to our own understanding is the greatest folly. We are not as smart as we think we are. We falsely assume that God agrees with our every opinion. Humility teaches us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. The wise rarely need correction from outside; they monitor themselves through the working of the Holy Spirit. They keep their hand in God’s hand, and they are open to His adjustments to their thinking at all times. When they pass into glory they are not meeting a stranger; they are meeting Him who has been their good Shepherd and wonderful Counselor all through life.

Our thinking can get temporarily derailed by what we see and feel. But, like Asaph, steady your heart in the presence of God. The reception of His counsel will get you back on track.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.