“Among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory… As it is written,
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him’—
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God… The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned…’For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:6-7,9-12,14,16
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27
There are plenty of ‘influencers’ and ‘thought leaders’ who can play mind games with us today. From mainstream media to academic scholars to internet pontificators, we have a plethora of expertise and slant to pick, eat, and digest as our own. It is intriguing to hear exact verbiage of opinion repeated, illustrating the sign-on culture of allowing others to think, and speak, for us. Certainly God has gifted many of His children with intellect and spiritual insight, yet even with those we trust, it is important we confirm with scripture to make the truths our own.
There is also an enemy who seeks to disguise his lies and destroy truth, and he will do anything he can to distort and confuse God’s perfect word, will, and ways. We must vigilantly guard against his wiles, steeping ourselves in God’s word so we recognize his counterfeit antics. (John 8:44; 10:10; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 11:14-15)
Creator God has given us each a mind, and calls us to love Him with all of that mind. He has given the Christian His indwelling Spirit, who guides and inspires our thinking. We can and must trust Him to direct our thoughts to arrive at His convictions and conclusions. The Living Word is ours forever. (John 1:1-4; 16:13)
What are we regularly doing to renew our minds, to focus them on what is true, noble, and right, to guard them against falsehood and tasting the pernicious delicacies of this world? It takes discipline, and commitment, and time, to soak ourselves in the Scriptures, to concentrate in uninterrupted prayer, worshiping God for who He is and asking Him to elucidate His word. He will always show up to meet us, and is faithful to sanctify our minds. (Isaiah 50:4; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:7-8; Colossians 3:2,10)
“Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee...
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose.” ~Frances Ridley Havergal (1874)
Oh Lord, ground me in Your wisdom, direct me to think Your thoughts, and grant me the mind to process and communicate Your truth.