As I’ve worked my way through the first chapter of Jennifer Rothschild’s Bible Study Self Talk Soul Talk, I’ve come to identify with the following verse (in a negative way).
I spread out My hands all day long
to a rebellious people
who walk in the wrong path,
following their own thoughts. Isaiah 65:2 HCSB
Now, I love being convicted by the Holy Spirit. I look on it as God’s loving hand guiding me along the path. I often walk in the wrong path following my own thoughts because I am (drum roll please) a master at compartmentalizing. When I’m at school I think about school. When I’m at home I think about home. When I’m at church (well, you get the idea). It is easy for me to compartmentalize God out of my day. During my morning quiet time He’s very present in my thought life. I want Him to be in my thought-life ALL day long. So I’m continuing to write “precious” on my hand when I leave the house so that I will remember that:
And to me how precious have been Thy thoughts, O God, how great hath been their sum! Psalm 139:17 Young’s Literal Translation
Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea. Psalm 139:17 The Message