Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I am sitting here wondering about my thought life. We had a missionary at church and he brought out how many thoughts go through our mind in one day. Care to guess? 70,000 Yes, I said 70 ~ not 7 thousand. That's a lot of thoughts. So I began to look up the word thought, think, thinketh etc. The first one I thought of is found in Psalm 40: 5 "Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward; they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee; if I would declare and speak them, they are more than can be numbered." Then on down in the chapter in verse 17 "I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh on me." I really like the thought of the Lord thinking on me. Who am I that He should even give one thought to? Yet, He does think on his children. Do we think about Him and His manifold blessings? Or do we dwell on our trials and test that come? It is so easy to want to look around at the circumstances, things that are changing in this great land of ours, the stock market (what is that?), the health care, so many things we could think on. But we can choose not to dwell on the negative. We can think on the Lord. How many of the 70,000 thoughts that we think each day are about the Lord? "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity." Psalm 94:11 "Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me; and know my thoughts." Psalm 139:2 Look up "thoughts" and see how the word is use in different ways. For instance: Genesis 6:5 "And God saw that the wickedness of man was was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Bad thoughts got man in trouble and they suffered from it. Check up on your thought life. As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. If we think negative thoughts we will wind up depress. If we think positive thoughts ~like for instance~how good God is to us we will be blessed. I always try and end my prayer with when the devil comes with a bad thought ~ that I can overcome remembering that the Lord thinketh on me. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations (thoughts) of my heart be acceptable in thy sight. I've heard the saying : You can't help the birds from flying over your head, but you don't have to let him build a nest there. What have your thoughts been lately. Are they acceptable in the sight of God?