"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." ~ Proverbs 23:7Cleave to this "clear stone" and dare to look at the source from which it sprang: The mind of God. This is God's own analysis. It is not a psychological concept arrived at by any man. God quite simply tells us that we are not what we think we are. Quite the reverse. We are what we think! It seemed strange to me at first that the writer of the book of Proverbs would use the verb "think" in connection with the noun "heart." We associate feeling with our hearts and thinking with our minds. But if we pay close attention, we soon discover that when the Holy Spirit speaks of the "heart" of man, He is including the mind and more. He means the central core of our beings. Our mind-hearts. The part of us which thinks, wills, chooses and loves. The part of us which will one day stand before God. The part of us which is us: Our spirits. Numerous in my collection of "pleasant stones" are the diamond sharp verses which seem almost to attempt to shock us into allowing Christ to take captive our thought lives. "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." How do we think in our hearts when we believe no-one is looking or listening? How do we think? What do we think? "O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me." God knows. We can only ask Him for the courage to look at our own secret hearts and face what we see there! The analysis of God remains:
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..."