On the alternative social media I frequent, somebody republished an image made on the internet, which carried these words: “I love not thinking.” I went to see the profile of the person. She was aggressive, angry, and unhappy.
The person had not found happy and positive thoughts. She probably would agree with the biblical writer who said, “My thoughts trouble me and I have no peace” Psalm 55.2 NLT. Human thoughts are “futile” Romans 1.21; 1 Corinthians 3.20.
One day in the past, God decided to destroy the world. What led him to make this decision?
But the Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time. Genesis 6.5.
The person who loves not thinking needed merely to open the Bible to find a different kind of thought that would encourage her. God’s thoughts are “precious” Psalm 139.17 NLT. We can be “renewed in the spirit of [our] mind” Ephesians 4.23 NET.
The apostle Paul provides a long list of good things we ought to think about:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. Philippians 4.8.
All these things can be summed up in the Good News of Christ. The same apostle wrote to the Colossians,
Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3.1-3.
The writer to the Hebrews said, “think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest” Hebrews 3.1. This phrase might well be considered the key verse of the book.
Where will we find such good thoughts? In the Bible. The non-Bible reader and thinker becomes subject to the influence of the world’s thoughts and is carried away by them. It’s not enough to say we should avoid them. It is necessary to substitute them.
An oriental religion preaches the emptying of the mind. Its solution is people not thinking. The Way of Christ values thinking and offers us beautiful riches of what God has prepared for us and what he expects of us.
I love to think — about Jesus!
The editor thinks about Jesus in his book, O Soul! The Book of Exhortations.