Like many men, throughout my married life, I’ve often gotten into trouble because I wasn’t on the same page as my wife. I’m very familiar with the question, “What WERE you thinking?” Admittedly, sometimes I probably wasn’t thinking, which is why I seldom had an answer. But I always knew that my intentions were good, although they were obviously completely misguided. Nevertheless, that didn’t keep me from evident disapproval and being thrown into the pit of swift retribution.
It has occurred to me that it’s easier to read God’s mind than the wife’s, despite the fact that man and God are definitely on different wavelengths (Isaiah 55:8-9).
The difference between the two, that is, God’s mind and the wife’s mind, is that God doesn’t actually expect us to read his mind. He’s revealed everything he wants us to know in writing through inspired men who were faithful to write only what they were told by the Holy Spirit, who only spoke what God sent him to speak (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 2:20-21; 1:3-4; John 16:12-15). God even said that if he hasn’t told us something, we don’t have to worry about it (Deuteronomy 29:29; if our wives would write down exactly what’s on their mind, we’d definitely be without excuse).
We also know God won’t change his mind in regard to his commands, promises, and warnings (Number 23:19; Hebrews 6:13-20; James 1:17). In fact, by studying the whole counsel of God (the whole Bible), we’ll learn that because God doesn’t change his mind, there are things he’d never consider telling us to do (for example: compare Jeremiah 19:15 and Exodus 20:1-6).
Although God has given us in writing the important matters that are on his mind, not everyone can understand what the Bible says, despite having studied it diligently (Romans 10:2-3; Matthew 13:14). Their good intentions are misguided because they haven’t been taught to follow the basics of entering into the relationship with God that allows for understanding; they have a zeal that isn’t based on knowledge (Romans 10:13-17; Acts 2:38-39; 22:16; John 14:15-21; 1 Corinthians 2:11-16).
That being said, they’re still on the hook for what God has revealed in his word, being without excuse, because he also has revealed himself to humankind through his creation and placed each of us in the optimum place and time to learn about him (Romans 1:19-20; Acts 17:22-27; John 12:47-50). Consequently, like our wives when we misread their minds, God will give a piece of his mind to those who haven’t taken advantage of the opportunities he’s provided to gain his approval and he’ll send them to the pit of eternal punishment (Matthew 25:41-46, 24-30).
Because God has revealed himself to us through his inspired writers, we don’t have to read his mind to know what to do. If we’ll but read his word and do what it says, we’ll have his approval (2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:1-3; 1 John 5:13, 1-12; Galatians 3:26-29; 4:6-7).
Are you reading God’s mind daily?
Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org