For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you. Do not fear; I will help you.
I’m a huge believer in positive thinking and that there is a tremendous power available to every single one of us as we change our mindset and choose to adopt a positive way of thinking. When we take control of our thoughts and put effort into doing what the Bible says by actively taking our thoughts “captive” , we can experience significant changes in our life and health for the better. It’s a concept that the wise for generations have understood.
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
What we dwell on in our thinking shapes our lives for good or ill depending on the nature of those thoughts. Learn to control your thoughts therefore, and you will begin to exercise much more control in your life because, as the wisdom of the Bible says, what we are on the inside is eventually what we are and will experience on the outside.
That being said (and I’ll aim to talk about this much more in other posts), what excites me more about Biblical wisdom is the fact that Jesus and the writers of these powerful ancient wisdom texts introduce us to a personal relationship with God, who isn’t simply a general, detached ethereal concept to be called upon and accessed for our personal development, but is pictured for us as a deeply caring Parent. In this verse in Isaiah 41 we have a beautiful image of God taking our hand like a doting father or mother taking the hand of their fearful child as they're crossing a road or going into school for the very first time.
As much as I love the idea that God has designed a universe for us to live in that is programmed for our good and that one of the ways that we can access this goodness is by consciously changing our thoughts and beliefs; to be honest…I love the idea more of God, who spoke this magnificent universe into being, reaching down in love to take the hand of someone who is nothing more than a speck of dust in terms of the sheer scale of the universe, and saying “Don’t be afraid. I’m with you”. I love that a verse like Isaiah 41:13 is in the Bible. God cares that we worry. God cares that we are afraid and offers to take our hand to help and guide us.
I am actively seeking to take control of my own thinking. I get up everyday with the intention of not accepting the first random thoughts that bubble to the surface of my mind as I wake, so that I entertain only constructive, faith filled thoughts. But even with all the good things that I can possibly imagine in my mind, there is no greater thought to have permanently lodged in my head than this: God really loves me.