1 Chronicles 28:9 Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…” I know this verse well, and often think about it. Yet as I typed this, my mind went back to the definitions from yesterday.
The Holy Spirit made the connection for me of mental dialogue and doubting. Both fit perfectly into David’s words to his son Solomon. How many countless times do we allow our mind to wander through mental dialogues about sometime that has passed? Do we allow our doubts to mindlessly chase endless rabbit trails?
Father, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. I am so grateful that we have One who dwells within us, to lead us into truth when we step into error. I ask You to help us discern the spirit behind the matter of our hearts. Are we condemning instead of praying? We will all stand before You to give an account of our idle words birthed through letting our minds wander.
Convict us through the deep inner work of Your Holy Spirit. Reveal the thoughts in our hearts that are contrary to Your truth. Thank You now, because You hear and always answer us according to Your will.
In Romans 1:21 Paul wrote about those who did not glorify God, nor were thankful. It says, “…but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” The Greek word for futile means useless, fruitless, empty, hollow, unproductive, ineffectual, void of results, and worthless.
Does that sound like the hamster in his wheel? It goes around and around, but gets nowhere because its actions are futile. So are our thoughts when we continue to mentally dialogue about something that has passed. We enter into sin and waste precious emotional energy.