Give Careful Thought

View of the Sunset at the place we stayed

I take a break this week from my Numbers study series.

Hubby and I along with our dog Buzzbe went on a short trip south of where we live. Basically, out of the city, out of suburbia into a quiet country town for some much needed R&R.

The place was beautiful, quiet and gave us plenty of opportunity to soak in the beauty around us and spend some quality time with each other.

As we took the drive, at one point on the road we noticed everyone seemed to be on their best behaviour, driving wise. We soon realised that up ahead was a cop car taking the same road and that led to everyone in the vicinity of the cop car to drive by the book.

I was reminded of a verse I had read in Haggai a few days back. The verse reads “Give careful thought to your ways.” (Haggai 1:5,7)

For some context, Haggai was a prophet who God spoke through and encouraged the returned exiles to rebuild the temple. When Cyrus was king of Persia, he issued a decree that allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. A certain number did return home and began work on the temple, built the foundation but the work stopped when there was opposition by the Samaritans and some other neighbours. Later when Darius became king, the people were allowed to rebuild, but they were lazy on getting the house of the Lord completed as they were focused on their own things.  

God had been observing his people, they seem to be engrossed in the needs and wants of their own life and pushed aside what God wanted them to do.

It is easy for us to get caught up in the necessities and wants in life that we forget to consider if our ways are in alignment with God’s will for us. The remnant were not particularly turning away from God in their ways but neither were they being diligent in seeking to know what God wanted of them and following through. Have we ended up too focused on our own things that what God wants does not seem to matter so much anymore or have we become lazy in doing what God has called us to.

As I saw every single driver give careful thought to how they drove in the vicinity of the cop car, it caused me to reflect on whether we should be doing the same knowing that God sees us.

Scripture tells us that we will give an account of ourselves to God (Romans 14:12) and even of every idle word spoken (Mathew 12:36). It was a truly humbling reminder in that moment for me, and I hope you take a moment to reflect too.

As we go about our days, may we give careful thought to honour God in all that we do and may he find pleasure in our ways.

God Bless

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  1. God has “police cars” everywhere, but they’re like security cameras we forget are there. For some reason your post reminds me of Christ’s parable of the Rich Fool. Here was a guy who thought he had it all, so much so he was ready to tear down his barns and build bigger ones. Yet God knew it was the man’s last night alive on earth. There’s simply no perspective like that of the eternal.

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  2. Beautiful picture of the sunset. Glad you and your husband were able to get away for some rest. It is important for us to make sure we are pursuing the things God wants us to. We can’t get caught up in our own agenda. Knowing we are in line with his will, will ensure we are making everyday count. Thanks for this encouragement Manu. ❤️

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  3. Amen 🙏🏾. We are in a season of rebuilding and we need to give careful thought and attention to our ways, as our father watches. He also knows the state and intention of our hearts. Motives and intentions are more important than actions. Bless you. ❤️🙏🏾

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  4. Excellent post, Manu! Love the picture of the sunset, thank you for sharing!!!! I am going to meditate on your post asking God to search me and reveal to me where I am coming up short and where I have been lazy in doing what He has called me to do. The cop car changes my external behavior but inwardly my heart is still the same. So thankful that God is still changing hearts. Love you Manu, so thankful for you!!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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    1. Thank you Mandy. You make a good point. We do not want just our external behaviour to be changed but our hearts too. God sees not only our outward actions but our motives and intentions too.
      Have a wonderful weekend my friend 💙💐

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  5. Manu, what a charming place to visit, chill out, and enjoy nature.
    It’s easy to be distracted; we have busy and complex lives. May I reflect attentively and see that my actions glorify God.
    Did Buzzbe enjoy exploring the countryside? 💖🦋🌺

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  6. Manu, this is such a good analogy. My flesh is prone to do as many drivers do when aware of the officer’s presence – slow down and other times mindlessly go with the flow of traffic. In regards to my spiritual life, I agree with Mandy, I don’t want only an external behavior change I desire a genuine heart transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
    The Lord bless and keep you, Manu.

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  7. I love this analogy! Perhaps we have forgotten how close God is to us to cate enough about the ways in which we walk. May God convict us however He needs to so that we can walk uprightly, in a way pleasing to Him!

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  8. I’m so glad you got away Manu! And to a beautiful peaceful place with quality hubbie time.

    Re your great analogy, maybe someone needs to invent a baseball cap with siren lights and a sign of “God sees you.” Then the purchaser can wear it on their heads and remind people they are being watched! Haha I’ll get right on that invention during my millisecond of free time. 🤣

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  9. Manu, first of all, the name of your Buzzbe is super lovely. Secondly, thanks for this refreshing reflection about the need to consider if we are in alignment with God’s will. The hustle and bustle of living can sometimes really make us forget to stop and reflect on this. Lastly, the picture is so tranquil. Thanks for sharing and God bless you!

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