I'm sure you have often heard the expression, "The devil finds things for idle hands to do."
Have you ever had some time off from work and thought, "I'm going to relax and just watch TV for a little while?"
But as soon as one program is over, you decide to watch one more program and before you know it, you have wasted a whole evening.
Most of us can probably relate to this! There's nothing wrong with relaxing, but often those times when we have nothing to do are the times we can get into trouble. When boredom sets in, we become a target for the devil.
In Proverbs, chapters five through seven, it is dealing with a young man who gets into sexual promiscuity. One portion of the story describes the man as sauntering through the streets. The Hebrew brings this out. Then the young man's mind begins to wander and think about what was happening on the other side of town. Eventually, he finds himself involved with a prostitute who brought about his destruction. All of this began with boredom in the man's life.
Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established."
That means take God into your works as your partner, then they will succeed. As soon as we wake up and our day begins, we should commit our works to the Lord, and verbally invite Him into partnership with us for that day's work. Because when our works are committed to the Lord, our thoughts will follow and be established. We should aim to begin our day like this every day.
This is because the devil attacks mainly in the thought realm.
That's why Paul instructs us to renew our minds.
Rom 12:2 Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
The Word of God and the Holy Spirit already dwell in our spirit. So real growth comes from the renewing of the mind and our thoughts becoming established in the things of God.
Philippians 4:8 "...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things."
Proverbs 23:7 As a man thinks in his heart so is he.
Isaiah 55:9 God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways.
To understand that statement you must read verses 7 & 8 to see whom the Lord is talking to!
Isa 55:7-8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," saith the Lord.
In these verses God is talking to the unrighteous and the wicked. So if you are born-again that is not you He's talking to!
So how do we attain God's thoughts?
It's not only by studying His Word; it's also by committing our works to the Lord each day.
What about your works today? Are you looking for ways to get out of work and have a few more moments of leisure time?
Or are you really looking for ways to fill up your day working with The Lord to expand His kingdom?
Dr. Norman Campbell