Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Let Us Reason"

    "Come, let us reason together" (Isaiah 1:18).

    God calls us to reasonably commune with Him, that is, to consider His thoughts and perspectives as declared in Scripture, and then to respond by using our minds to assimilate and apply Truth, as led and enabled by the Holy Spirit.  Let us reason together...

    "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things " (Philippians 4:8).

    Our brains exist first and foremost to ponder God and His truth.  We properly use them for countless other subjects, but a mind that does not consistently and frequently "think on these things" is equivalent to a wasted brain.  Multitudes of people leave untraveled the path of their mind reserved for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Left to ourselves, we would all venture for a lifetime along countless byways of thought that become deadly distractions if we fail to navigate the strait and narrow way that "leadeth unto life" (Matthew 7:14).  Thankfully, our Heavenly Father does not leave us to ourselves, but rather shines the light of His being and presence throughout creation.  The voice of His Spirit resounds in all things, the Bible proclaims His truth, His trusting children in Christ bear witness, and our Father works personally to illuminate our minds in the midst of the world's deluded darkness.  "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world" (Psalm 19:1-4).

    We must think about many things in this day.  We must engage our "fearfully and wonderfully" made brains (Psalm 139:14).  Reasoning together with our Lord in prayerful consideration of His Truth serves as the first subject whereby we use our intellectual capacities for their primary intended purpose.  To borrow an old adage, "a mind is a terrible thing to waste."  It is a wonderful thing to use, however, particularly for the reasoning together that fills our being with Light, and our lives with Life, the life of Christ.

"We have thought of Thy lovingkindness, o God, in the midst of Thy temple."
(Psalm 48:9)
"How precious are Thy thoughts to me, o God.  How great is the sum of them!"
(Psalm 139:17)

Weekly Memory Verse
    Come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
(Isaiah 2:5)

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