Ways and Doings

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Jeremiah 18:11 “Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.”

You cannot arrive at a destination without first choosing a direction. I can’t go to California unless I choose to go west. The direction I choose to go will determine my destination. Likewise, the direction I go will end up determining the actions that I do. If I arrived in California, I would find myself doing whatever actions Californians do on a daily basis. If I didn't want to be like a Californian, I would be wise not to have a direction pointed there.

The verse above is very much what I have just described. God said, “…return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.” The “way” that God is talking about is a direction, and the “doings” that He is talking about are the actions. Your direction and actions are critical in your walk with God. Let me share several important observations about direction and actions.

First, your direction is important to God. The direction you are pointed is critical to your Christian walk. You can't be pointed in the wrong direction and not end up being there. Your direction is more important than your position because your direction will determine your future position.

Second, your actions are important to God. Your actions are a direct result of your direction. However, to think that God doesn't care what your actions are is foolish. You can't do wrong actions without suffering adverse consequences, and you can’t do good actions without eventually enjoying God’s blessings. Actions will define you in the future; so, if you don't want to be defined in the wrong way, be careful about the actions you perform.

Third, you cannot separate direction from action. Direction dictates your actions, and actions dictate your direction. One reason a person can say you are doing wrong before your actions become wrong is because your direction has changed. Likewise, one’s actions may be wrong, but if they change their direction to start doing right, their actions will eventually be right. You cannot separate direction and actions because they both affect each other.

Fourth, you can’t correct one without correcting both. You will never correct your actions without changing your direction, but you cannot change your direction when you continue to do the same bad actions. If you are going to change, you must change both your direction and actions together.

Fifth, you determine your ways and doings. Nobody makes you go a certain direction and do certain actions but you. God’s direction to change your “ways and your doings” was directed at you. Everyone can want to help you to change, but you are the one who must ultimately dictate what direction and actions you do.

My friend, what direction and actions you choose and do will determine what God chooses to do with you. If you don't want to suffer God’s chastening, be sure your direction and actions are in agreement with His Word. If you are headed the right way, you will do the right actions, which will result in God’s blessings and favor on your life.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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