Does the L-RD Act on Impulse?

Wave Length - Does the LORD Act on Impulse?

By definition, no. We may perceive something He does as impulse, but He never acts on impulse. With Him, everything is planned and premeditated.

impulse \’im-pəls\

3. a: a sudden spontaneous inclination or incitement to some usually unpremeditated action.

b: a propensity or natural tendency usually other than rational.


Paul wrote:

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

— Ephesians 2:10 NKJV


It is important to point out “which God prepared beforehand…” This is the nature of G-d. He carefully plans out and prepares things so that we can walk according to His plan.

The L-RD is about preparation. It is taught in Scripture over and over again. If we are to be like Jesus—if we are to be like the L-RD—we must forego impulse and embrace premeditation on His Word and His Will for our lives. We must plan out our actions daily with the same careful intent to make sure we stay in His Will.

The Psalmist wrote:

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

— Psalm 1:2 NKJV


The word “meditates” means to plan. This verse describes how we must take all of our plans and filter them through His Word—His Law—to ensure that we stay within His Will.

This means that we must continue to do as Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians:

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…”

— 2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV


We need to make sure that our thoughts and actions are in the faith. Do they line up with Scripture. To test ourselves, we must filter it through the Word of G-d.

Impulse is where sin begins. It is a thought that comes like the wind. Unless we plan to open another window for it to leave, that thought will remain and cause us to dwell on something that is not of G-d.

Oswald Chambers wrote:

“Impulse is all right as a child, but it is disastrous in a man or woman; an impulsive man is always a petted [spoiled] man. Impulse has to be trained into intuition by discipline.”

– Oswald Chambers. My Utmost for His Highest, October 21.


We need to

“…bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

— 2 Corinthians 10:5 paraphrased


We must plan ahead. In Proverbs 16:9, Solomon wrote

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”

We must plan and meditate on the Law of the L-RD—His Word. We need to take our plans before the L-RD day and night and see if they line up with Scripture. We must also ask in those plans to reveal His Will. This is how the L-RD directs our steps. We have to take the plans we make before Him so that He can guide us.

This is like us taking our work before our teacher in school to make sure we did something right. The teacher either gives us further guidance or blesses our work with approving what we have done. In the same way, we need to take our plans before the L-RD—our Teacher. We need to see if what we planned is correct and according to His Will. We can check to see if our plan is “correct” by comparing it to His Word. To see if that is His Will in our life, G-d reveals that in His time. This is where patience comes in.

Impulse has no patience. That is why there is no planning. That is why things are usually irrational. They are not thought out. Patience allows for the L-RD to guide us into His perfect will. Impulse denies G-d the opportunity to work in our lives.

“Dear Father, please help us slow down and increase in Your patience, that we may remain in Your will and not our own. As impulses come, please help us deny them and take the thought captive, and place it before You to examine. Please guide us through Your Holy Spirit as we seek You out in all that we think, do, and say. Thank You for Your love that covers us. Thank You for making us Your children. Please help us continue in perfect obedience to You and Your Will for our lives.”