The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
You think too much. I have been accused of that. I have a habit of parsing words, examining context, and questioning convention. I am not satisfied with trite answers, and simple explanations bother me. I would rather have a good argument over something and lose then gloss over difficulties to avoid conundrums.
Just ask my daughter-in-law. She is a physics teacher and we go back and forth over a host of science versus the bible questions. She lets me think I am smarter.
The mind is an incredible organ. It is what sets us a part from the animals. Man can reason, contemplate, calculate, and formulate. It looks at the mysteries of the universe and ponders ultimate questions of life and existence. It is seldom satisfied, always curious, and infinitely searching.
But there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is information, wisdom is its application. We can acquire all the answers to the the what of the universe, but if we lack the capacity of wisdom to apply it to the why we will be led astray. The writer of proverb says, "Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered."
Wisdom delivers us from the irrational nature of knowledge to take us places we shouldn't go. "Don't knock it if you haven't tried it" beckons to experience (know) something. But if wisdom is not applied we can be led down the avenue of addictions and immorality.
Sin has done that to us. The unstained mind in the garden of Eden, knowing the will of God was led astray for lack of wisdom, and now sin clouds the mind and puts us at odds with God. Paul said it like this in Philippians 1:21,
"And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind."
The mind is hostile to God in that it chooses a way different then His. Instead of righteousness we choose sin. Instead of love, animosity. Instead of compassion, self-righteousness. Most don't choose these things because they want to live hostile lives, but rather they believe it will satisfy something missing in their soul. To find true contentment we must find it in the renewed mind. In Romans 2:2 Paul call us to,
"Not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind"
It begins by having a redeemed mind through faith in the saving knowledge of Christ. It continues as we pattern our mind after Jesus'. It is a process that changes the way we look at the world, a lens that filters out sin and sees the wisdom in God's way.
We need protection. The mind is a terrible thing to waste, and the evil one seeks to deceive us and draw us away from God. The helmet of salvation, the blood of Christ, the power of the resurrection, and the promise of his coming keep us focused on the true way. If we forget the way of the Spirit we will walk in the way of the flesh.
Continue to think, question, and doubt conventional thinking. But do it through the renewal of the Spirit and protected by the helmet of your salvation. I'm just saying...
Ephesians 6:17 "take the helmet of salvation,"