Thursday, March 26, 2015

Imagining God’s Mind (March 26)

If you’re like most Christians, you probably are tempted to think that God is too busy and too holy to be bothered by an ordinary person as yourself.  But that isn’t true at all.

God’s thoughts about you are vast, and full of ideas to create something new and amazing with your life. While you may have accepted the drudgery of an ordinary life, God sees huge opportunities for you, opportunities that He can create on the spot. Why not seek out His thoughts? Find out what He’s thinking about you, what He wants from you? Most people don’t really want to know, because His thoughts don’t suit their tastes. They shut out His direct guidance — so obvious in His Word — and start seeking out spiritual gurus or prophets to tell them whatever sounds exciting and comfortable. But the thoughts of God are supernatural and aren’t understood by natural means, they have to be received by faith, no matter how crazy, scary or undoable they may seem at the moment. 

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.  When I awake, I am still with You.  (Psalm 139:17-18 NASB)

Without God’s thoughts, we see everything through a dull and cynical lens. We convince ourselves that smiling people are fake, and that people who are too busy to answer our questions are mean, that strong words of conviction are offensive, and loving words of encouragement are debatable. Even answered prayers can bring fleeting moments of gratitude with more reasons to complain following soon after. We confess defeat with our mouths and say, “I knew it!” when bad things happen. When we doubt God’s love for us, we open up all the windows and doors of our soul to negativity of every sort. For your spiritual health it’s crucial to believe in God’s loving care for you at all times, even when you don’t feel it.  Especially when you don’t feel it. 

1 Corinthians 2 says we’re supposed to have the mind of Christ. Imagine having God’s mind – a mind with thousands of creative and life-giving thoughts every day!  Who wouldn’t want that? 

Challenge yourself to dwell on this thought all this week: God in His abundant love is thinking of you right now, all the time.  And His thoughts are supernatural, powerful and life-giving.  He is filled with love for you at this very moment. If you’re stuck in a problem or uncertain of what direction to take, ask Him and tune into God’s way of thinking and He will provide you with the inspiration and ideas that you need. His thoughts for little, insignificant you, are precious, vast, and outnumber the sand. Live in that truth and you’ll start to see answers that you never knew were there.

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