Your mind is an immensely important player in your spiritual life. Through your mind, you have the power over which thoughts you choose to entertain. When we neglect this duty, we leave the door wide open for anything and everything to harass us from the inside-out. For this reason, one of my regular prayers before going to bed is “Lord, what thoughts have I had today that I didn’t think Biblically about?”
In Romans 12:2, Paul speaks about being transformed by the renewing of our minds. There are many ways that we can describe what a renewed mind would look like. One of them, however, seems especially relevant in our time, and Psalm 112 draws it out beautifully.
“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” -Psalm 112:7, NIV
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a lot of opportunity to apply this verse to my life! The Psalmist describes one who fears the Lord and lives righteously. According to the verse here, part of that entails a steadfast heart, one that refuses to allow the surrounding circumstances to derail a committed conviction that God is sovereign over everything.
Many of us have lost sight of this. Our eyes are fixed on the economy or the school system or our next paycheck or, dare I say, a political figure. These things are important, and a practicing Christian should be engaged in them. However, our hope is in Christ. Our life is in Christ. Our salvation is in Christ. If in ten years from now, every worst-case scenario you have been dreading comes true, our hope is still in Christ. Our life is still in Christ. Our salvation is still in Christ. If in ten years from now, everything in our world comes together in perfect harmony, our hope is still in Christ. Our life is still in Christ. Our salvation is still in Christ. We carry an immovable, impenetrable, unshakable God of certainty in an uncertain world. It is Christ! He is…
“the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” -Colossians 1:15-17
Why would we ever want to put our trust in something else?
Seriously, Jesus was killed and it still didn’t stop Him!
This is faith. It is taking our trust from one thing—whatever it may be—and redirecting it toward Jesus. It is a violent refusal to allow bad news to distract us from what God is up to. It is never impressed with what the devil is doing. It is a heart that is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Faith understands the world through the eyes of Heaven. It is a top-down system whereby everything is filtered through an eternal perspective. It points every finger to God who gives us peace that surpasses understanding. It is the gatekeeper of our mind.
We don’t muster our own faith. God gives us faith in Christ by means of His Holy Spirit.
However, I have I found that the best position we can assume to receive such an incredible gift is described in three simple words: Praise the LORD. Many people say that the most common command in the bible is “Do not be afraid.” It’s a great command, but even that doesn’t compare with the number of times God beckons us in scripture to praise His holy name. Praising God recalibrates the heart and mind to understand God’s perfect love which drives out fear (1 John 4:18). So praise the Lord! If everything turns our great, praise the Lord! If everything crumbles to pieces, praise the Lord anyway! As I said before, let us contribute to society, but the good news of Jesus Christ is not dependent on the laws that get passed or the next person in office. The good news is that He is alive, He is in charge, and He is enough, no matter what may happen ten years from now.
Praise the LORD!