In the last couple of days, we’ve seen that God invites us to walk with Him. That's a form of fellowship that God desires to have with man‑‑but this means that we have to agree with Him, for the Bible says, "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" To agree means to harmonize, to bring our ways and thoughts into line with God's. The Biblical word for changing our thinking, in this way, is "repentance," and that is always the first step in reconciliation with God.
So long as our ways and our thoughts are not in harmony with those of God, we are not fully reconciled with God. So to be reconciled with God, we have to change our thinking, and that is to repent. When we do this, when we change our way of thinking and begin to think God's way, the Bible has a word for that. The word is "meditation." We begin to meditate in terms of God's Law and God's Words and God's thoughts. And meditation, right meditation, opens the door to God's favor and blessing.
Changing our ways and our thoughts can be presented under four main headings, or, it covers four main areas, and these are the four main areas which I've suggested: first, objectives; second, priorities; third, attitudes; and fourth, categories. If we are to agree with God, harmonize with God, think God's ways, then these are four areas in which we have to change and bring each of these areas into line with God.
We’ve also seen what God's first and ultimate objective is: His own glory and satisfaction, and I suggested that this was summed up in the beautiful words of praise in Revelation 4:11 where the whole creation utters this word of adoration:
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: [Notice the first word there in the list is glory.] For thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (KJV)
So it's for God's glory and God's pleasure. That's the primary and ultimate objective of everything in the universe.
Tomorrow we are going to look at a second main objective of God which I call "excellence", which is also one of God's objectives.
Father, I again want to thank You for this privilege to walk with You and have fellowship with You. I want my mind and thoughts to be changed, Lord, and I want to live for Your glory and satisfaction! Help me, Father, through your Holy Spirit, to live in such a way as is pleasing to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!