Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
Thoughts are so important. Have you ever thought on how often Jesus said “Take no thought”?
Jesus warned his disciples about giving place to worrisome thought patterns. Too much attention to the cares of his life. “What’s going on? What about that man? What will I eat? What will I wear? What will happen?” He said we are to direct our thoughts to taking heed to ourselves. Because thoughts are so important. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
I set myself to thinking on that. Suddenly, over and over I began seeing photos of trains and train tracks. Visuals; God speaks through them a lot. When you see a theme repeated it’s to catch your attention and set you to thinking. What is God saying?
So I thought on it awhile longer…Trains suggest movement. Trains remind us of travel. Tracks are how trains get where they’re going. We catch a train when we have a desired destination in mind. We find a train that’s headed that way and we get on it. See, we’re learning now that our thought becomes action. We think our way onto a train of thought. That’s what Jesus was warning us about. He tells us that he is to be our thought guardian.
Friend, I’ll tell you from long experience that we’re daily having to navigate our way through thought storms. Opposing winds of thoughts contrary to God’s ways. I’ve seen times when I wasn’t being alert to what I was doing and I was quick to follow every thought. I got on some wrong trains of thought. I discovered I needed to do some rethinking. We react from our soul, emotions, and not from our Spirit. We can get ourselves into critical response and offense and that’s sure not a good train to ride.
A thought comes to mind from the word. Psalms 139 says that God knows our thoughts from far off. Before we ever say a word, he knows the thought that takes us there. I saw in the Psalm a glorious revealing. His thoughts over us are precious and numerous. We’re precious in his sight.
Every single moment you are thinking of me!
How precious and wonderful to consider
that you cherish me constantly in your every thought!
O God, your desires toward me are more
than the grains of sand on every shore!
When I awake each morning, you’re still with me. (TPT)
Doesn’t that amaze you? It does me. Almighty God, Creator God, thinks precious thoughts over me. He desires my good above all and everyone I’ve ever known. Abba Father watches over me for my great good. What do I have to worry about? I see now that to stay on a right track with God we have to pay attention to his thoughts. That’s what Jesus was reminding us all about. Take no thought. Let not your heart be troubled. Stay your mind on what matters. Trust God.
How? We can pray deep. We can open up our ear gates and let the King of Glory come in. When we surrender our self efforts and yield to his love He writes his thoughts on our hearts and minds. And soon, because we love his Lordship we think right about ourselves. Then, soon, we will think right about others. When we think right we speak right and we know that words are powerful in God. His words are the bread of life.
Jesus said “My sheep know my voice and they follow me” If we get still and listen carefully we will hear his instruction. By following it we will feast on his thoughts. The truths of the holy scriptures. That’s the train we want to catch. He will train our ear to hear and impart a new delight in himself. He baptizes us in his love and new birth will keep happening as long as we keep following him. His joy will be our portion and even overflow. Following His train of thought will take us into glory places we’ve never dreamed of!
I say “Yes, Lord!” I hope that’s true of you too.
Giving it all some thought..