Before you begin, pray to God for wisdom to understand his Word. Pray that he uses this time to grow you.
Thursday: “Give careful thought to your ways.” Simoo l’vavchem al-darcaychem
So, obviously this is more than one word. This phrasing is an appropriate translation of the idea behind the words, but the literal translation of the phrase gives it a little bit of a different flavor in English: “Put your heart upon your paths.”
What does that mean?
God shows them: You have “dried up” my house. And as a result, the rest of your lives are becoming dried out. Now, put your heart on this. Consider where this road will end if things continue the way they are. What will happen?
Walk that path. You have shown contempt for God’s house, and with it, God’s Word. Your soul is completely dried out and withered. You’re dying spiritually. And that spiritual drought has started leaking into your physical world in a drought on food, on water, on so many things… And if things keep on going, what’s going to happen?
It won’t be just the temple that’s dried up. It’ll be this city. It’ll be you. Put your heart on your paths. Where do those paths lead?
Only to death.
Today, a sin might seem like a good idea. It gives you joy today. It convinces you that you need to pursue that sin to survive. To just get by. And maybe, in the short term, it seems like such a good idea. Christian, my brother or sister reading this, put your heart on your paths. Where will that sin lead you?
Sin will only ever lead you away from Jesus. It will only ever lead you to withering. And someday you will have to face that LORD of hosts. If you ignore the Word of the LORD, you will find yourself withered and spiritually dead. Put your heart on your paths. Where are you going?
Use this opportunity to consider where you are going. What paths are you on that lead you away from Christ?
What do you thirst for? Read Psalm 63, and use it to help you consider where your paths lead.
Sin seems so good in the short term. Consider your paths. What sins have you engaged in? Take a realistic look at where that sin will lead you if you continue for five, ten, twenty years. Use this as a wake-up call. Confess your sin!
Do you love someone who is pursuing sin? Use this to show them their sin. Ask them to consider where that sin will lead them in ten years if it continues. Will life actually be better?