Seeing Straight, Walking Right

Michael Beck

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:7,8)

We can resolve to change our ways, but without a change in our thoughts we will continue on the same path. A man may want to be different, but “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7) True change must begin in the inner chambers of our heart. There we must allow the convicting searchlight of God’s Spirit: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23,24)

If we are not to be a repeat offender in word and deed, we must get to the root of our behavior. God must be allowed access to all our thoughts. Like David we must pray: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

Our Redeemer stands ready to pardon us for our past offenses. He is rich in mercy to all those who call upon Him. But are we ready to “go and sin no more”? Are we willing to forsake any and all thoughts that are unacceptable in His sight?

Let God show you where your thoughts have not been His thoughts. See life through His eyes. Your feet will then be set to walk in His way.

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.