Intentionality

This morning as I prayed the words to the General Confession, I was convicted by these words —

I have left undone those things that I ought to have done, and I have done those things that I ought not to have done…

I don’t use my time well.  I leave undone things that I ought to do — like cleaning the house, or doing more with the girls, or keeping tabs on what Jacob is doing, or paying bills, or any number of things besides playing on the computer.

The Collect for Grace also asks that we not “fall into sin.”  We fall into sin when we aren’t intentional about our actions, when we haphazardly go with the flow.

In Isaiah 52: 11-12 are these words:

11 Depart, depart, go out from there;
touch no unclean thing;
go out from the midst of her; purify yourselves,
you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
12For you shall notgo out in haste,
and you shall not go in flight,
for the LORD will go before you,
and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

I was struck again by the intentionality of their departure — not in haste, not in flight, but with the Lord ahead and behind.

And again, as I read my passage in Hebrews, a passage I am stuck on, this verse (Heb. 4:16) jumped out:

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

O Lord, let me with confidence, with intentionality, with purpose do those things today that You want me to do and avoid those things that You don’t want me to spend my time doing.  I want to walk with You!

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