Jesus often asked the disciples what they thought. Matthew 18:12, 21:28, 22:42, 26:66 start out with the words “What do you think?” As I was reading through these passages, it reminded me that God wants us to think through what is written in the Bible and engage in conversation with him about what we’ve just read. Not only does He really want to know, but this is also how our brains were created to learn.
The human mind processes 400 billion bits of information per second – constantly building connections and relationships based on what we experience. In our imperfect state, we all have some messed up and broken connections that result in faulty thinking. Yet Christ, our benevolent teacher, has the ability to dig deeply into that processing network and redefine how we think. By deconstructing dysfunctional thoughts, new connections are created. The apostle Paul describes this new way of thinking.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is praiseworthy – think on such things. Philippians 4:8
A seeker’s heart engages in a spiritual conversation with God. His word tells us that the transformation of the believer begins with changing our thought patterns – reorganizing connections that put us in our right mind.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Today’s prayer: Lord, help me to begin a new level of meditation on your word. I don’t want to just go through the motions of reading a few verses and getting on with my day. Increase my level of curiosity about you. Help me to engage in a conversation with you so that the way I think is lined up with your will for my life, and may your perfect peace rest on me.