Words from the Heart for Sunday October 18th, 2020
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
Psalm 139:2 (NIV)
Perceiving My Thoughts
In 1992, geographer George J. Demko said, “By the year 2000, more people will live in the cities of Calcutta and Greater Bombay than in all of Canada.” That same year, Wade Davis, ethnobotanist and writer said, “Space, land, and winter – these are the overwhelming realities of Canada.” Senator Frederick W. Gershaw, described Canada this way in a speech to Senate on March 12, 1959: “There is a thousand miles of forest, a thousand miles of plain, a thousand miles of mountains, and then the sea again.”
I have a friend who says his mind works like a jig saw puzzle. He loves getting all the various pieces and putting them together into something that makes sense. I wish my mind worked that logically. My mind is more like a kitten-attacked ball of wool. I spend my time trying to untangle things. However our minds work, the Bible tells us that the Lord knows our thoughts. Psalm 139:2 says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” This can be a frightening thought. The Bible tells us that it is out of the mind that sin erupts. Jesus said in Matthew 15:19-20: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” No wonder we don’t want God, or anyone else, being able to know our thoughts. But God does know our thoughts, and He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us led away into sin. He comes to renew our minds, to turn our thoughts toward Him, and all that is holy. If you are wrestling with your thought life, invite Jesus to be Lord of your mind.
These have been words from the heart.