Choosing God’s Thoughts
Have you ever wondered how we can align our ways with God’s ways and our thoughts with His thoughts? Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father and to restore our relationship with Him. And yet we find many times that our thoughts and ways are not aligned with His.
The prophet Isaiah tells us, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Is. 55:6-9)
So, is it possible to align our ways with our God’s ways and to think His thoughts?
Dr. Caroline Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist, has spent many years in studying the process of thought. Her research indicates that our free will influences our thinking, which produces our state of mind; that we can make a choice to think the way God wants us to think.
The Scriptures exhort us to “choose” life by choosing to learn and keep God’s ways. Thankfully, God, our Father, is at work within us to impart the capacity to choose His will (Phil. 2:12-13). As a loving Father, God is persistent in the discipline of His people to align our thoughts and ways with His (Heb. 12:4-11).
This is not an instant-easy process. But it is something we can pursue with all our heart and mind. The Shema prayer gives us a key to this. It begins with recognizing God as our loving Father, as the One who has brought us out of an old way of life into a new life. It continues with our response of loving Him in a total way, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This devotion is further expressed through a diligent pursuit of learning His thoughts and keeping His ways (Deut. 6:4-9, Mt. 22:36-40, Mk. 12:28-31, Lk. 10:25-28).
Let us set our hearts on God and and ask Him to help us choose to learn His thoughts and keep His ways.
Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Dr. Caroline Leaf, Baker Publishing Group, 2015 (41)