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Day 33 – Issue 16

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Be Still Know

Matthew 22:37 NLT

Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

The mind is the seat of reason and all rational thought. For many the world only makes sense if it can be grasped within this rational shell. If things are irrational, we are uncertain of the outcomes, for irrational decisions seem to lack the precision of predictive consequences. Since the Fall, humanity has assumed it can manage its own future.

Of course, Christ’s many critics base their rejection upon the irrationality of the resurrection, a deity holding all of life together and the impossibility of a world beyond that which they can experience and explain. These are the very issues that Jesus’ critics in his own day wrestled with. Finding a way to submit my mind to God’s lordship is difficult.

The mind is a jumble of random thoughts. Some constructive – what I need buy at the supermarket; some self-destructive – pornographic images that arrive unannounced demanding my attention; others purely distracting – I wonder where that road leads or what that person is doing? When we love God with all of our mind we decide to develop a practice of contemplation that enables us to live undisturbed by the constant traffic travelling through our minds. This is the most challenging part of prayer and contemplating God consistently.

My mind is neither to fantasise about God nor pursue random thoughts to satisfy my own restless boredom. It is to develop a rational understanding of the God I worship and return there when distractions threaten to derail my faith. My irrational mind fills with legitimate reasons discrediting God’s promises, yet I can choose to resist such thoughts and place my hope in the rational construct I have built up through the reading of scripture. I choose for God and live out of that no matter what circumstance or my train of conscious thought suggests.

QUESTION: What do you need to do to love God with your mind?

PRAYER: Creator of heaven and earth, thank you for a mind to think, learn and appreciate all you are and all you have done. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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