Thinking like God does.
When God says in Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts…” one might be excused for saying “No kidding!” The one thing we do not seem to do naturally is think like God does. I suppose that “Amen!” would be a better response since “No kidding!” might appear to be a little sarcastic.
We need to develop a thought process that is like God’s. We need to think about things, what God thinks about things!
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! (Isa 5:20-23)
This world has lost its sense of God-thought. His is the opinion that we most should want to imitate. However, we decide that we are going to celebrate the bad and chastise the good. Even though there are many movies where we do root for the good guy, there are plenty where we root for the villain. And if it is not the villain, it is the good guys doing something wrong and we ‘justify the means by the end”. We cloud the lines of how our heroes should be, from Professional sports players who are role models (despite their protestations) and get sent to jail for drugs, fighting, evading taxes, pick your crime to fictional characters like Vampires and Warlocks that we swoon over.
Do we root for the couple on our favorite sit-com or evening drama show to move in together or do we cringe when the lights dim and the clothes start coming off….For those of us who would turn away from shows that promote a pro-homosexual relationship, we should be consistent enough to do the same for relationships that are heterosexual the parties are not married. (Even so, there is way to much NOT left to the imagination in most of any of those shows)
Do we think more about how to fund our 401k so that we can retire wealthy or do we think of how we can use our money for promoting the Kingdom of God? Do we consider our things to be ‘our’ things rather than a loan from God where we have a stewardship?
Or are we more like those who refuse to have God in their knowledge. The end of those people is seen in every generation:
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Rom 1:22-25)
God knows who He is. God knows what is the right thing to do. We are the ones with the questions and fortunately, God is not sitting up in Heaven withholding answers. He has shared them with us both in His Bible and in His Son.If we follow His lead, we will learn to think about our life, our purpose, our money, our time, our family, our relationship to all mankind in the way that He does. We will think about the things that world has to offer as the insignificant, temporary, unappealing, unprofitable, soon to be burned up things that they are and with that type of thinking, we will shy away from it.
We can’t avoid the world but we can avoid becoming like the world. Let’s think about things the way God thinks about them. In that way, we will truly be able to be lights in a dark place.