WHAT’S ON GOD’S MIND? Andy Hollifield 10-7-17
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
James 2:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
Those 2 verses kind of sum up the history of mankind. The first verse is the first time the word “thoughts” is used in the bible. The second one is the last time the word is used in scripture. Isn’t it odd that both the first and the last times are talking about the wickedness in the heart of man? The word “thoughts” is used 57 times in the bible. The word “thought” appears 81 times. But I don’t really want to dwell on the bad side of things but I want to encourage you by pointing out some things that are on God’s mind.
I have mentioned that God saw our wickedness in the beginning and James spoke about our partiality in judging others. But, there are a lot of verses that talk about the Lord’s thoughts toward us in a good way. It is good to know that he has me on his mind all day long. I am talking about all day in heaven. There isn’t but one day there because there is no night. That means that we are on his mind 24/7. The bible says in Psalms 33:11 “The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.” That says right there that not only are we on his mind but we are on his heart. Just as Adam and Eve were on his heart when he came to the garden the evening they had sinned, we’re still on his heart even though we may have sinned against him. Just like then, he desires reconciliation that comes by repentance. The difference between then and now is that we have Jesus that purchased our forgiveness with his own blood (Acts 20:28) and thereby made us holy. Listen to some of the meanings of the word sanctify, “to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate. To purify or free from sin: to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding.” Isn’t that a blessing? You were on Christ mind so much in Revelation 5 that he offered himself to purchase us and to make us legitimate with the binding eternal forgiveness through his blood.
I am glad that God is my counselor as mentioned in Psalms 33:11. Also in Psalms 139:7 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” The thoughts God has toward us are innumerable! In Isaiah 58:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. (9) For as the heavens are than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I am thankful that God’s thoughts are higher than mine. Can you imagine what shape we would be in if they weren’t? When we got to our wits end over something, there would be no need to ask God’s counsel on anything if his thoughts weren’t any higher than our thoughts. In Jeremiah 29:11 the bible says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” The Lord wants us to have peace but true peace is only found in him.
I am glad that not only am I always on his mind, but he also knows my thoughts afar off. Psalms 139:2 says, “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” Aren’t you glad that not only does God know your thoughts, he even understands them. Have you ever been through a trial and felt like no one could really understand where you were? You can be sure in those times that the Lord knows and understands. When we get to where we are so burdened down that we can’t even pray and maybe all we can do is just weep before the Lord, we have a guarantee for that. Romans 8:26-27 says “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Did you notice the capital “S” in Spirit? The capital always is speaking of the Holy Ghost, that same comforter that Jesus sent when he ascended back to heaven. (27) “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” When we get so distraught and burdened that we can’t pray or don’t even know what to pray for, the Spirit starts speaking the language of the heart, the groaning of a broken and desperate heart, and carries it straight to the throne on our behalf. God knows all things and sees us at all times but it is still good to know that the Holy Ghost goes before the throne and expresses the attitude of our heart in a way that we never could. Several times throughout the gospels, the bible speaks of Jesus knowing or perceiving the thought of those around him.
Isn’t it good to know that God has always had you and I on his mind? From before the beginning, before he created this world, before he ever made man in his image, he had us on his mind. The way I know this is that God knew man would sin in the garden. He knew the wickedness of man in Genesis 6 and he knew that he would bring a flood to destroy the human race off of the earth except for Noah and his family. Can you imagine how downcast Noah must have been because of the depravity of man that he seen? Worse yet, at the time of Noah, there had been no promise of the Messiah to come, although God knew he would send his Son to be the supreme sacrifice for our sin. Think about that; at least we know we have a better place to go and a Savior we can call on at any time and without price.
Just a few more thoughts about what’s on God’s mind. Do you realize that God has actually never had to remember anything because he has never forgotten anything? Do you realize that nothing has ever occurred to God because he knows it already? Do you realize that he has never had to figure anything out because he has always known everything? Do you realize he never has to seek for you because he always sees where you are? In Exodus 8:10 Moses told Pharoah that the Lord would get rid of the frogs from Egypt so: “that thou mayest know there is none like unto the Lord our God.” The psalmist also said in 113:5. “Who is like unto our God, who dwelleth on high?” Several times throughout the Old Testament the statement is made in praise to God: “…there is none like thee,” or something to that effect. That still holds true today; “neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.(2 Samuel 7:22)” Aren’t you thankful that God always has US on his mind? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!