The Most Fundamental Error of Thinking

We must not consider that God is at all like us.

Psalm 50.21
“These things you have done, and I kept silent;
You thought that I was altogether like you;
But I will rebuke you,
And set them in order before your eyes.”

Surely, this is the most fundamental error of thinking humans ever make: to think of God, spiritual things, worship, human life, the world, and everything else from our vantage point rather than His.

We will miss the point of everything if we are always starting with ourselves, our experience, our resources, or our ability to think things through. We limit God by thinking about Him and His will as though He were us – with all our fears, hesitations, doubts, inexperience, and puny vision.

We deprive ourselves of the perspective, presence, power, and promise of God if we try, like Nicodemus, to force His agenda and power into our familiar and comfortable human ways. We need to look to the Lord to set things in order for us, so that we understand His Word and ways, and get our minds around His thinking and will. Then we can set goals, make plans, and take the next steps of faith, trusting in Him, seeking His glory, resting in His power and promise, and giving Him praise and thanks for all He does in and through us.

We have the mind of Christ! Let us learn to think with this, and not our own minds.


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