“And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and he said to me, ‘Say, Thus says the Lord: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind.'” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Ezekiel is announcing some pretty grim judgment here, but I just want to give a bit of attention to the end of this verse. “For I know the things that come into your mind.” You probably already knew or guessed this about God, but here it is explicitly stated. God knows what’s going on inside your mind.
Sometimes we are tempted to think that if we think something sinful and don’t do it or say it we’re in the clear. Nope. God knows what’s going on in there and thoughts which are not honoring of Him will be dealt with just like words and actions which are not honoring of Him.
Now, no, the collateral impact of a sinful thought isn’t going to be as great as a sinful word or action, but that’s where all sin has its start. If we buy into the lie that what goes on in there doesn’t affect the outside and our relationship with God, we will give sinful thoughts the space to grow and develop and eventually they will manifest as words or actions. We can’t help that anymore than we can prevent a seed from growing if we plant it in the ground and give it sun and water. The only way to stop it is to pluck it out of the ground before anything can happen.
We are called to love God with all our heart, yes, but also our strength and our mind. We sometimes forget about that last one. This brings us to the point of asking some hard questions. What does it look like to love God with all your mind? Are you filling your mind with the kinds of things that will lead you to love Him more or distract you from Him? What is your thought life like on a daily basis? Is God welcome within the confines of your mind, or is He more of an occasional guest who’s only sometimes invited? Does the fact that God knows your thoughts make you feel peaceful or nervous? What can you do to change your answers to these questions if you don’t like them as they are now?