We create a whole scene or conversation in our mind through inner dialogue. What does it accomplish? Nothing. It is all futile because we have no control over our next moment. We often fall into this flesh-trap because we want to figure something out.
An inner dialogue sows weed seeds. Galatians 6:7 says that what we sow we will reap. There is the law of the harvest to consider. We sow a little but we reap an abundance. Think of one kernel of corn. One plant has multiple ears which has multiple kernels.
Proverbs 16:1 says, “The preparations of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” We are created to plan and to strategically implement. It becomes a futile pursuit however when we are not looking to the Lord for the wisdom to plan.
James addressed this issue with his readers. James 4:14 is our reminder. It says, “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow…” Think back to how you entered your last or current trial. James 1:2 indicates that we fall into them unexpectedly.
I have friends who lost everything in the California Paradise Fire. They went to bed one night. The plans they had in place for the morning never came about. Instead they had to flee for their lives.
I have a friend who went to bed one night as usual. In the wee hours of the morning he woke up with chest pain. He told his wife, took his last breath, and died. When I was helping her clear out his things, I noticed that he had laid out his shoes. His socks and underwear were folded nicely on top. He was ready for the next morning.
How then shall we live? James 4:14-15 says, “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”
I like to keep verse 17 in my mind. I use it as a warning when my mind wants to go off into a mental dialogue. It says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
When the Lord says, ‘Do not’ and we do, we enter into sin every time. No question. 1 Samuel 12:21 says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.”
Mindless futility is a waste of the things that the Lord has given us to steward for His glory. Romans 1:21 says, “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
The word ‘futile’ in the Greek means: fruitless, empty, hollow, unreal, unproductive, lacking substance, ineffectual, void of results, useless, and worthless. We were redeemed from such a void! Ephesians 4:1 says, “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind.”
Here is what the Holy Spirit helped me understand. I could plausibly make excuses because of my brain injuries. I’m setting them aside as I evaluate the root He showed me. Parts of my heart are uncultivated. Weed seeds have proliferated. Now that I have purposed again to memorize Scripture, I have discovered that there is fallow ground that needs to be tilled first.
Hosea 10:12 is my template. I must be diligent to break up the fallow ground in my mind. It says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.”
There were years in my life where I lived in futile mental dialogue trying to figure out things that only the Lord had answers for. Ephesians 5:16 says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” My unredeemed time had allowed hard clods of excuses to gather. They keep the seed of His word from going deeply into fertile soil so that it can bear fruit for His glory.
God’s hidden word will keep the soil of our heart plowed. It will sterilize any weed seeds, and the clods will continually be broken up. His memorized word will root deeply in prepared soil. Mark 4:20 says, “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”