Devotions By Jan

Chasing Marbles

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Scripture for Today: II Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

Playing marbles seems to be out of fashion. But not for my grand nephews! It is a great way to pass the time on a rainy day. It’s a good opportunity to improve eye-hand coordination and for little ones, to improve counting skills. But don’t let that circle fool you! Playing marbles ought to be described as “chasing marbles!” For days afterwards, marbles can be found under the couch, under furniture and in the corners of the room!

Today’s verse seems like chasing down those errant marbles! Taking thoughts captive can be much the same scenario. Our thoughts run away with us, leading to wrong attitudes and actions. Those thoughts sometimes just do not cooperate. The thinking of the believer is not to be the same as that of the world (verse 2). But the world’s influence is so strong that thoughts just naturally conform to worldly independent thinking, leaving God out of it.

Thankfully, the Lord does not make managing our thoughts impossible. He has given us His divine power to control and redirect our thoughts (verse 4). On my own, my thinking becomes full of pride and disobedience. But because of His Spirit in me, I am not subject to merely human judgements. As a believer, I have the mind of Christ (I Cor. 2:15-16). What a wonderful thought that is! He is there to turn my heart and mind from what is false and harmful. He brings those wandering thoughts back into the circle of His unchanging truth!

Lord, may my every thought today please You.

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