(April 2, 2015)
It is tempting to excuse our imaginations, under the theory that what we imagine has no bearing on what we actually do. But this couldn’t be further from the truth…a point driven home by the Lord when He warned against those who devised iniquity and worked evil upon their beds. The Lord’s caution is a caution to all of us who refuse to control our imaginations – what we imagine in our heart is ultimately what we do in our lives.
One of my favorite books is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The One Ring of Power is a template for our thoughts – it has the power for the wielder to do what they want without fear of consequence. That was the corrupting influence of the ring. Likewise, in our thoughts we have the capacity to do whatever we want without fear of consequence or respect for the agency of others. In a very real way, what we imagine in our hearts is a more accurate reflection of who we are than what we actually do in our lives. What we do might be constrained by possibility or consequence or similar external concerns. The only constraint on what we think is ourselves.
The Father wants to give us all that He hath, but how can He possibly give that to someone who cannot control their thoughts – because when someone has all that the Father hath, that person will be freed of consequence or external concerns and only the internal limitations will have the capacity to control. If we cannot control our thoughts, we will not be worthy of what the Lord has in store for us.