I sometimes joke that I’m glad God didn’t create me with a cartoon thought bubble floating above my head, especially when someone or something has annoyed me. (I won’t discuss how my lack of a poker face serves that function instead.)
Though my thoughts aren’t on display for the world, God knows (Psalm 139:2), and wrong thinking isn’t a laughing matter. Here are some verses I’ve used to remind myself to keep the content of my thoughts pleasing to God.
- Psalm 19:14
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
- Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Lord, may my thoughts be pleasing to you, but if they are not, show me. Help me take them captive and make them obedient to you.
That is something that I have problems with sometimes. So much is going on in our world and not all of it is good. It doesn’t matter if it is out in public or if it is at work, bad things happen and sometimes it is hard to stay focused on Jesus. That is when I open my bible and begin reading God’s word. Not only is comforting but it also helps me to refocus my thoughts so that they may honor God.
I’m thankful God gave us his word to help us focus on him!