Thoughts and Plans
People think of a lot of things. They think about how to work more efficiently or how to serve their families better. In less admirable moments, they may even think about how to take revenge on an enemy. The longer a thought remains, the greater the chance it will become a plan. Even a plan, however, does not necessarily become an action. In all your plans, remember to prioritize God’s will and only execute the plans He would call righteous.
God has not kept secret the dividing line between sin and righteousness. According to Romans 6:17-18, the teaching provided in the New Testament, when it is obeyed, frees a person from sin and causes them to become slaves of righteousness. If we ignore His counsel by planning to engage in sinful activities, Proverbs 19:21 implies that we will fall. In other words, the outcome will not be desirable. Earthly life often turns against those who live enslaved to sin, but even if it does not, eternity is unavoidable. To stand before God and be counted righteous requires that we abide in His counsel while on earth.
Make godliness the motivation for your thoughts. Let your plans rise from those godly thoughts that persist. When you enact your plans, do so with prayer and integrity before God. If you follow His way, He will make you successful in righteousness. Remember Proverbs 3:5-8:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones."