August 23, 2015

Loving God with Your Mind

Passage: Ps. 49:1-4; Pro. 1:5-7, 2:3-4, 4:7
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The intellectual as a spiritual temperament reminds us of the high calling of loving God with our mind. Our culture doesn’t always think of the mind when it thinks of love and devotion. Drugstores don’t sell chocolate brains on Valentine’s Day, but the Bible is emphatic that our mind is one of the key elements that we can use to love God. In fact, the Bible implores us to believe that wisdom, knowledge and other pursuits of the mind are important aspects of what it means to love God: Let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:5-7). Solomon is known throughout history as a wise man. And the way he loved God was to use his intellect to the glory of God. Proverbs, which is attributed to Solomon, tells us to “cry out for discernment” and search for understanding “as for hidden treasures.” We are told that “wisdom is the principal thing.” In other words, right thinking – conforming our thoughts to the thoughts of God – enables right living.