God & The Human Mind

I’ve had a really hard time thinking this week.  I don’t know if it was because I was tired or sick or both, but I have struggled extremely hard with my own achy body and sluggish mind to get my work done.  So my constant prayers have been, “Father, cause me to understand rightly; put your thoughts in my mind; make me creative and productive, show me how to do my work.”

I pray like this a lot anyway, but this week I have had no choice but to totally rely on God to get me through the hard thinking I’ve had to do.

With that in mind, I decided to quickly research some ways Scripture describes God’s dealings with the human mind.  Here’s a bit of what I found out:

  • God put skill (talent) into the minds of craftsman.  Exodus 36:2
  • God promised to strike his disobedient people with madness, blindness, and confusion of mind. Deuteronomy 28:28
  • God gave Solomon a wise and discerning mind – a mind with understanding beyond measure and breadth – like the sand on the seashore.  1 Kings 3:12; 4:29
  • God gave King Nebuchadnezzar the mind of a beast.  Daniel 4:16
  • God gave a demon-possessed man a right mind.  Mark 5:15
  • God opened minds to understand the Scriptures. Luke 24:45
  • God gives those who do not see fit to acknowledge him up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28
  • God writes his laws on our minds. Hebrews 10:16
  • God influences our minds through our hearts (our desires, motivations, and intentions).  Revelation 17:17

So …

  • If you need to learn a new skill – ask God.
  • If you are confused – repent and ask God to cause you to apply his word to your situation so that you can think clearly.
  • If you need wisdom – ask God for it.
  • If you are out of your mind – hopefully someone will pray for you.
  • If you don’t understand Scripture – ask God to give you understanding.
  • If your mind is debased – perhaps someone will pray that you come to acknowledge God for who he is.
  • If you want to know God’s revealed will – ask God to make you aware of it.
  • If you want to do what is right – ask God to change your heart.

When I pray like this, depending on God for even my thoughts, God (not me)  gets all the glory for any right thinking I do.

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