WHAT SPRINGS TO MY MIND
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33
A.W. Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” When Paul thought of God, he exclaimed about things like riches, wisdom, and knowledge. How close to that is my ‘first thought’ of God ~ the one that arises in private that no one else ever hears because I dare not speak it.
How I perceive God dictates the kind of relationship we share. Satan loves to encourage a distorted picture because he knows that if I believe it, the ability to trust anything God says will be shattered. Without trust, there is no love, security, beauty, and significance. At one time, my first thought of God brought words like ‘distant’, ‘demanding’, ‘passive’, and ‘one who plays favorites’. My relationship with Him was cold as a result. He was warm; I was not.
If any of us today don’t immediately think of God in terms of riches, wisdom, and knowledge ~ then we are being robbed. Correcting our vision must become our highest priority. The riches are too numerous to even list; starting with unconditional love, radical forgiveness, undeserved mercy, and un-ending graciousness. His wisdom is too vast to capture as well. Someone once defined wisdom as ‘knowing what to do when the Bible sets no precedent.’ God knows the answers to every delicate problem, relationally and practically. Whenever I am stumped, or curious, there is no end to what He delights to reveal. And knowledge? There is enough knowledge to last me for eternity. I will never approach the perimeter of boredom because the God of the Universe, the One who created it and holds it together, is a genius.
Thinking about God, is good for my mind, my soul, and my body. I was created to be captivated by Him and then to worship Him. When I do that, I am complete and happy. Oh, how I regret the vast numbers of days I rarely thought about Him at all. It’s my loss. I’ve repented and now, I ask God daily to redeem the time. I cry out, “Fill me to overflowing with all that I missed. Please, Lord!” And on some days, like a recent Sunday in worship, I felt my spirit soar off the platform. On angel’s wings indeed.
I was made for pleasure and I know where to find it. “In your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 116:11
My favorite habit? Thinking of you. My favorite vacation? You, me, and my Bible. You are at the center of my heart and soul. Amen