You perceive my thoughts from afar.
David understands how intimately God knows us; we can’t escape His presence. The Lord knows our thoughts, good, bad, and indifferent. The shepherd boy understood he couldn’t escape from the Creator, a blessing in David’s eyes, not a curse.
Thoughts lead to actions. Because I thought about exercising at the gym, I went to a strength training class. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think about doing something. God knows every thought we have. The Lord understands our outward activities come from inner thoughts. What we think becomes what we do.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.“
2 Corinthians 10:5
Nothing gets by our Maker; He knows every thought we have. I have awful thoughts, especially against people who cut me off in traffic or do something I perceive as offensive. Realizing God knows those instinctive human reactions to worldly situations embarrasses me internally. But then I remember the Lord leads with grace and mercy. Christ knew my imperfections and died for me long before I took my first breath.
Taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ means thinking about what we think about. If I don’t identify my thoughts, I can’t change them.
For instance, a player must often hit the ball over a small body of water in golf. Many golfers will use a “water ball” for these shots, balls they don’t care if they lose. However, if players decide to change balls because they don’t want to lose their good ball, they already have thought about hitting into the water. In other words, their thoughts have determined they can’t hit the ball across the water before they ever strike it. And guess what? They typically end up hitting the ball into the water because they had the thought.
I don’t change my ball because I don’t want negative thoughts in my mind. God’s knowledge of my thoughts makes me think about what I’m thinking and identify negative messages, stopping me from doing negative actions. Trusting God hears my silent prayers gives me the boldness to seek and do the Lord’s will. Using scripture as a lens, I take captive errant thoughts and allow God’s influence to help me become obedient to Him in mind and body. Our thoughts govern our actions, and submitting to God controls our thoughts.
Prayer helps us change our thoughts as we invite God into the conversation. Yes, the Lord already knows, but He wants a relationship. Working together in unity requires effort from both parties. We can’t have a connection with our Maker if we don’t seek one. And we can’t change our thoughts if we don’t connect with God. The Lord reveals lies we believe in our minds, exposing them to the light, not letting them take root in our souls.
Embrace God’s knowledge of your thoughts. Understand that the Lord loves you and wants an intimate relationship with you. God delights in you. Nothing pleases the Creator more than when we connect with Him, body, mind, and soul. Transformation comes when we unite our lives with Christ.
God knows our thoughts, and we should know them as well. Thinking about what we’re thinking will help us change our thoughts and actions. When someone cuts me off in traffic and mean thoughts enter my head, I don’t have to keep thinking those thoughts. Knowing God knows my thoughts and that He loves everyone, even bad drivers, means He wants me to love them, too.
I can change my thoughts by confessing my negative thoughts to God and inviting Him into the equation. Instead of asking the Lord to curse the offender, I ask Him to bless them, which changes my thoughts and actions towards the person.
Intentional thoughts lead to deliberate actions, leading to more Christ-like living when we make our thoughts obedient to Him.
- What am I thinking?
- How can I become more aware of my thoughts?
- What can I do today to make my thought life obedient to Christ?
Lord, forgive me for believing lies and having negative thoughts. Thank You for holding me accountable to my thought life. I’m grateful. You know, every thought that runs through my mind. Help me become more like Christ as I align my mind with Yours. Let my actions reflect Jesus because my thoughts do. IJNIP. Amen