TUESDAY REFLECTION: Watch Your Thoughts!

Tuesday Reflection – June 11, 2019

Watch Your Thoughts!

The Lord knows our thoughts, that they are but an empty breath. Psalm 94:11

When Jordan began his epilepsy journey, I recall going from place to place doing a multitude of tests. Among those he had to do were a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), an electrocardiogram (ECG), and an electroencephalogram (EEG).  This was the first time I was learning about an EEG test that he has had to do twice, with another to go by the end of the year. This test is used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain.

While there are these many tests, including the EEG, none is able to test our thoughts and determine what we are thinking. Yet, today’s Watchword declares that God knows our thoughts. Indeed, God knows about every fibre of our being because he created us and arranged every tissue, ligament, bone, marrow etc. into their place. But lest we forget, God even knows our thoughts. According to David, those thoughts of ours are but an empty breath. This is not to downplay the need for us to think, for indeed God has created us to think and reason – that’s why we have a brain. Philosopher Rene` Descartes said, ‘I think, therefore I am.’    

David is here declaring that outside of God’s leading and inspiration, our thoughts are futile. In fact, in this Psalm, David indicates that when our thoughts are not God-directed we are likely to be wicked, arrogant, evil, boastful, oppressive, murderers, senseless, and fools.

For our thoughts to be pure, genuine, wise and productive, we need the Lord’s discipline. Our thoughts tend to drift and lead us astray, thus so many times we require God’s discipline to bring us back in line with his principles. Our minds need to be receptive to the Lord’s discipline so that the actions that flow from our thoughts are pleasing and godly.

David also speaks to being taught by the word of God. A mind that is continually being fed by the word of God will produce thoughts and actions that honour God. Our minds require training and that’s why we have to be careful what we feed our minds on. What we listen to, what we watch, what we read, the conversations we have, all feed our minds. We need to be divinely selective about what occupies our minds so that our thoughts and actions are wise.

I close with a thought I have never forgotten since high school – ‘Sow a thought, reap a deed; sow a deed, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’