“Penny for Your Thoughts”
“The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile (Psalm 94:11).”
Technology continues to march onward at a frenetic pace. While we are getting used to (or not) data being collected and sold on each one of our personal purchases and activities, researchers are developing mind reading technology. Currently there are algorithms that run to look back at our past patterns and predict what products we might want to purchase in the future. But a team at the University of Washington is using software and brain implants to
perfect the ability to read our thoughts at nearly the speed of perception. If such an invention can
truly be developed the potential benefits could provide a greater quality of life to those who have suffered stroke or paralysis and others similarly disabled. But on the downside, are we ready to have our thoughts read and perceived the moment we conceive them?
Actually, that capability already exists and has been in place since the very first man. The Psalmist wrote of God that “You understand my thought afar off (Psalm 139:2)” and that “there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether (v.4).” God knows the thoughts and intents of all men (Genesis 6:5, Acts 1:24, 15:8) and in His days in the flesh Jesus knew what was in all men (John 2:24-25). Often He perceived what men thought without them saying a thing (Matthew 9:4, 12:25, Mark 2:8, Luke 7:39-40, and several others).
On the last day men will be judged not only by their words and deeds but also by their thoughts and motives (Matthew 5:27-28, Romans 2:16, 1 Corinthians 4:5). “For there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account (Hebrews 4:13).” That technology may someday be able to read out thoughts is a very small concern compared to knowing our thoughts will one day be judged by the God of all creation.
As daunting as this all truly is isn’t it great that “we have a great High Priest,” Jesus the Son of God, who can sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15)? And One who intercedes for us before the Father (Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1). We have the comforting assurance that all of our sins were washed away (Acts 22:16); including those old sinful thoughts, and His blood continues to cover us as we follow Him (1 John 1:7-9).
The very Word of God which is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12) also promises to create in us a clean heart (Psalm 51:10) and God will even put His law in our hearts and minds (Hebrews 10:16). In His word He provides practical steps to establish our thoughts. We are to meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of a good report and virtuous (Philippians 4:8).
The old adage, “you are what you eat” is true enough. So, what are we feeding our minds? The more we get into the Word of God the more the Word of God gets into us.
“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established (Proverbs 16:3).”