When someone who lives their life with God uses their mind to plan and think for themselves, God will then direct and secure it in a relationship with Him. Let’s look at the two verses below.
The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (thoughts and intents of the heart).- Prov 16:1-2
A man’s mind plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Prov 16:9
The Lord loves our minds as He made us to use them. He loves when we use them with the intention of knowing Him and walking in His ways. He allows us the freedom to think for ourselves. He also wants us to partner with Him by allowing Him to move on our thoughts and direct them so we can walk securely. This is a revelation that has been hard for some to understand as some are scared of powerful people thinking for themselves. Whether this is because someone’s thinking seams to radical or out of the ordinary, it all stems from a fear of what one does not understand. The bible teachers of Jesus day had a very hard time with His ways of thought and many thought He was from the devil.
Sometimes people get frustrated because they feel they are not lining up with God’s plans. Often, this is because they are waiting to be told what to think instead of thinking and listening for God to further direct their own thoughts. He wants us to choose responsibility for our life. People have thought it was wrong to think for themselves as if it was selfish or even that they might miss out on obedience to God. The Lord knows our intentions and He will continue to cultivate our freedom because He wants us to think for ourselves. He wants us to be empowered to choose His ways. When we think for ourselves and allow Him to influence us, He directs our thoughts and establishes our feet. This is the beauty of a relationship without the bondage of a slave that awaits orders. He wants us to live from the inside, instead of external realities that are void of relationship, as in someone else telling us what to do or think.
God wants a relationship with us where we are free to be who He created us to be. This is why it is important to help people learn how to think, instead of what to think. The intellectual age equates knowing what to think with experience when it is often just information. God requires revelation and experience because He is after actual transformation of the entire being, not just the intellect. Besides, you can know all about something but when you actually experience it first hand, you may or may not know how to respond because thinking a thought and living it are two different things. When both thinking and experience are put together, there is a mighty foundation.
So God wants us to think for ourselves. He wants us to be us and no one else. He wants us to be the unique people He designed us to be, so we can reflect His greatness and creativity to the world. Thinking for ourselves with God transforms our mind as well as our being. God designed us with the empowerment to choose whether we want to use our brains to partner with Him.
So let us walk in our freedom with God that is uniquely us. He loves this authenticity because it allows the most powerful version of Himself to manifest through us. To die to self truly means to believe in one self the way God does. This is the character and power of Christ in you and no one else. God’s ways are to be our ways because we are His friends and children. You will only genuinely know Him and His ways by experiencing them for yourself and not being told what to think.
So be you and think for yourself with God,
“Commit your works to the Lord, and YOUR thoughts will be established.”-Proverbs 16:3
Ps. I just read that “it is estimated Jesus asked 183 questions while giving a direct answer to only 3.” For more about the context of these words, read Randall Worley’s short blog,” Clarity is Overrated.” You can find his blog on my blogroll. I read his blog after writing this and that phrase reminds me of some thoughts in this blog.