Getting Inside God's Head

by J. Randal Matheny, editor
mindreading.jpgLuke Bower, youth minister with the Baker Heights congregation in Abilene, Tex., told of a visit he, his father and uncle made to a small modern art museum in San Angelo.
“I don’t think we went by any painting or sculpture when I didn’t hear some sarcastic remark,” he said. “A ten-year-old could have done that,” they’d snicker. Or, “I thought art was actually supposed to look like something.”
A few weeks later, his father had a commitment at Grace Museum in Abilene. In front of one painting, Luke’s father commented to his mother, “I saw that in San Angelo.”
The artist who created the painting overheard his father’s remarks. Thinking she had found a fan, she took him by the arm and explained the exhibit with great enthusiasm.
“If the artist had only known what must have been going on in my dad’s head at the time!” Luke wrote./1
Wouldn’t it be nice to know what’s going on in other people’s heads? At least, we think so. Probably, we wouldn’t be edified by hearing what someone says behind closed doors, much less the full range of their thoughts.
Sadly, we sometimes think we know what people are thinking. More often than not, we miss the mark. I knew one person who constantly finished other people’s sentences, as if he knew exactly what they were going to say.
When he finished my sentences, he was invariably wrong.
When we turn this idea toward God, we read what he says and think we’ve captured the gist of his word. We hear a phrase or verse, and off we go enthusiastically spouting what we thought we heard.
But like the artist eager for a fan, we get it wrong. And may be in for more than an embarrassing situation.
Luke’s father is a sympathetic gentleman who probably didn’t burst the artist’s bubble. But God is more concerned with his truth to save our souls than our saving face.
As the Lord said through Isaiah, “Pay attention and come to me! Listen, so you can live!” (Isaiah 55:3 NET).
So let’s make sure that what we think we heard is what the Lord really said.
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1/ “Good Morning!” “Baker Heights Church of Christ Bulletin.” Nov. 23, 2008, p. 2.

One Reply to “Getting Inside God's Head”

  1. Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;” . Indeed we are great at deceiving ourselves. Adding to your thoughts, people often hear what they want to, regardless of what a person says. Once I was in a discussion about infant baptism and Mark 16:15-16. I noted that believe came before baptism. The person said “That’s right be baptized and then believe. Even though we both had our Bible open, the twisting of scripture was evidence of the human ability to deny reality. People hear what they want to.

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