I have often wondered how God could see everything about me and only think on the positive things. In time, I realized that it was possible for me to see the faults in others yet not meditate on them or roll them over and over in my mind. God does the same thing. In fact, the word for thinkis an accounting word that has to do with enumerating or keeping score:
THINK GK. 3049 logizomai;to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (lit. or fig.):— to conclude, keep account of, to esteem, impute, lay, number, reckon, suppose, think (on).
Notice that the Greek word for meditateis the same:
MEDITATE GK. 3049 logizomai;Middle voice from GK. 3056 (logos); to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively):— conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).
God sees our faults and failures but chooses not to meditate upon them. Besides, there is a majorgap between the way God thinks and the way we think, especially about others and ourselves. The Lord is able to make a distinction between what I do and who I am, but I don't often do this. He can actually love the sinner and hate the sin. Amazing!
The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13, “Love thinks no evil.”The word thinkshere is the same word as meditation. God is love, and He meditates upon good things:
I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord. Thoughts of peace and not evil; to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
We also tend to be negative and critical or judgmental about people and then attribute these thoughts to Him, putting our thoughts in His heart. We make Him out to be as negative and petty as we are. In fact, we often view God as we are. If we are generous, we will see God as being generous. If we are merciful, we will see God as being merciful. If we are hard, we will tend to see God as being hard. If we are short-tempered, we will see God as being short-tempered. The Bible says this in 2 Samuel 22:26-27:
With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; with the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.
Again, we tend to see God as feeling the way we feel. We put our thoughts in His heart when all along He wants us to put His thoughts in our hearts. His thoughts are listed in Philippians 4:8. As we discussed in Part Three, we need to think on the things that the apostle Paul admonished the Philippian believers to think on.
We meditate all the time; however, we need to be more deliberate about what we meditate on. Remember, the Lord does not tell us to do something unless He does it Himself.
This study came from my book “Following the Eyes of Your Heart” which you can oder here. It was published by Wordsmith Publishing, 2018 Copyright by Penn Clark - All Rights Reserved