My Thoughts Are Safe With You

"For you are dealing with the One who formed the mountains, made the winds, and knows your every thought; he turns the morning to darkness and crushes down the mountains underneath his feet: Jehovah, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is his name.” Amos 4:13

Today I thought about saying something to someone.  It was about someone else.  It wasn't ugly or mean.  It wasn't praiseworthy, either.  It could have been misunderstood and very easily mistaken to mean something unintended.  Before I said it, the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart and told me to keep the thought to myself—that it was safe with Him.

I love that my thoughts are safe with God.  Don't you?

I mean, He knows every single one of them, anyway.  I don't have to speak every thought that comes into my head.  (My mother reminded me of this often.  Seems it is an old lesson.)

We've probably all done it . . . said something with the best of intentions that was taken wrong, misunderstood.  Our motives were right—or so we thought—but somehow the discussion went in a direction that was not intended.  I'm learning that most of those conversations aren't even necessary.  They're just putting sound to thoughts inside my head—thoughts that are best left in my head and heart for the One who understands all things.

He knows the intention because He knows my heart.  He knows yours, too.  We can't hide our motives from Him, and honestly, why would we want to?  He's the only One capable of helping us sift out the bad ones.

Consider what King David said to his son about our Heavenly Father in 1 Chronicles 28:9, "Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your fathers. Worship and serve him with a clean heart and a willing mind, for the Lord sees every heart and understands and knows every thought. If you seek him, you will find him; but if you forsake him, he will permanently throw you aside."

I think I'll keep a lot more of my thoughts to Jesus.

I know they're safe there.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts.  Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life" (Psalm 139:23-24).

Goodnight, Runners.


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