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Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sunday, January 17, 2021

January 17, 2021 ON A WHIM

We may know people who rush ahead without thinking. They take action first and then decide later if it was a good idea or not. They don’t want to wait for anyone to tell them what to do. They move ahead believing their way is the right way without seeking advice or counsel. Sometimes, we may get an idea in our heads to do something and we don’t want to wait. We believe it is a great idea and move forward without thinking about what all will be involved, who it will affect or how long it will take. However, it is always good to seek feedback from others and think things through before moving forward.

The best way to ensure our actions are the right actions to take is to seek God’s word, pray and wait. Many of us don’t do this. We get a whim and we go with it. Then we either come to a dead end, find we are on the wrong street altogether or we end up in a wreck. God tells us to seek Him wholeheartedly with mind, body and soul. He wants us to do His will. He doesn’t want us to take matters into our own hands. We should let God show us His way even if it means we have to wait a while. His way is always best.

SCRIPTURE:
Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. Write down ways you have obeyed God.
2. List what you have done on a whim and how it worked out.
3. Prayerfully wait on God’s answer before taking any action.
4. Remember God’s ways are better than your ways.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, help us to not go out on a whim and do things without praying and asking You first. When we come to You and pray about something we have in mind to do, we know You will give us the right answer. We pray for Your direction and Your will to be done in our lives. Help us to be patient and wait if that is what You want us to do. Give us direction and show us what our next step should be. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

REMEMBER:
Galatians 5:16 “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” (NLT)

Isaiah 55:9 “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (NLT)

1 Kings 22:5 “Then Jehoshaphat added, ‘But first let’s find out what the Lord says.’” (NLT)

Jeremiah 29:13 “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (NLT)

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (NLT)

FOCUS:
Psalm 37:4-5 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” (NLT)
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