Careful Thought

Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.  - Horace

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!” —Haggai 1:7

Have you ever locked your keys inside your car? Mailed an envelope without putting the payment check inside? Baked a recipe without adding one of the main ingredients?

These are the kinds of things we all do when we don’t give careful thought to what we are doing. Careless thinking means we either do something we shouldn’t do or fail to do something we should. These wrong actions or irresponsible inactions can be minor inconveniences—or they can have serious lasting consequences.

You would think the people in Haggai’s day wouldn’t have committed thoughtless mistakes. Just 20 years before, they were living in exile in Babylon because they had disobeyed God. Now they were back in Jerusalem, but they were living as if that whole exile episode had never happened.

So through the prophet Haggai, God told them, “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:7). Then He told them their mistake: They were living selfish lives of luxury instead of completing God’s temple. Careless thinking had led to wrong decisions and inaction.

God wants us to give careful thought to our actions, words, and relationships, and make decisions that bring glory to Him. Whatever you do today, give it careful thought.

Dave Branon   

Let us think about what’s good—
  What’s right and pure and true;
  May God’s Word control our thoughts
  In everything we do.


Keep your thoughts in line, or they’ll lead you astray.

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