The other day I came across a verse of scripture I never recall reading before, though I’m sure I have several times. It’s the last part of Psalm 10:4 where the psalmist says of a certain type of person, “in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Wow! Could that ever describe me, or you? Our minds are crowded with all kinds of thoughts, but are very many of them about God or does He get crowded out?
There’s a classic little book by James Allen called As A Man Thinketh. It’s not a specifically Christian book but it does contain a lot of truth. Allen writes, “A man’s mind is like a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild… Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it from weeds, and grows the flowers and fruits which he needs, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating all the right, useful, and pure thoughts. By this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life.”
Any garden is of finite size and every gardener has to make choices about what to grow because you can’t grow everything. The gardener makes room for what he or she deems important.
Even if we succeed at keeping wrong thoughts out of our minds (which we never do) we can still fill our minds with good thoughts but not thoughts of God, or maybe not many or frequent thoughts of Him. We may pride ourselves to be able to multitask when it comes to the number of things we can think about, but we all have our limit and I suspect when we’ve reached our limit that we’ll find we’ve given little thought to God.
Leaving room for thoughts of God in our thinking is essential. There are all kinds of great thoughts we can think about God – the subject matter is infinite! We can never wrap our thoughts around God, but we can try. The biggest thoughts we can think are going to be thoughts about God. The best thoughts we think are going to be about God. What we think about God will affect everything else we think about. The great preacher and writer A. W. Tozer (who pastored in Toledo for a time) wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
So… What do you think about God? What do I think about God? May both the quantity and quality of such thoughts be ever increasing for us! Let’s not be identified with the man of whom it was said that “in all his thoughts there is no room for God.”
(Picture is of our youth pastor, Ben, working hard at thinking)