“When I think on my ways,
I turn my feet to your testimonies”
Reading these words, my heart feels the impact of the intentionality here. The writer is taking a proactive stance, considering his behavior, his words, his life, and determining to turn everything and follow his God.
It’s easier to be more reactionary. To respond to consequences of something we’ve done wrong, to wait for a catalyst before we actually turn away from our sin and cast off whatever is hindering us. But this verse hits on our responsibility. We need to think on our ways. We need to reflect on how we live; how we treat those around us, whether family, friends, acquaintances, or those we really don’t get along with; and how we make our choices. We need to consider our relationship with God—is it growing? Are we pursuing Him? Are we listening? Are we humble in relation to Him and to others? Have we even decided to have a relationship with Him at all?
I don’t want to be someone who waits for something to happen before giving everything over to Christ. This is so much more positive. And I really think it leads to a more abundant life. Because if life is found in the ways of God (Psalm 119:37), then the sooner we turn toward Him and actively choose to live in His ways, the sooner we can experience the freedom, peace, and joy found in a life that holds nothing back.
So let us think on our ways today. And instead of seeking to justify what we’re doing or the choices we’ve made, instead of skimming over the more uncomfortable issues, instead of sweeping things under the rug or deciding to deal with them later, let us own up to the sin and all that holds us back, cast them aside, and run wholeheartedly to our God. Because He’s better than whatever it is we’ve been clinging to. The fight to keep living in our sin isn’t worth it. God’s commandments aren’t burdensome unless we fight them. His commandments are for our good, for our joy (Deuteronomy 10:13). Let’s embrace them and experience all that a life in Christ has to offer. Don’t settle for less than everything that He is and everything that He has for you. Because it’s so much greater than anything else.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2