“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.” ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
Last week, I was finally able to set up a gym membership at my job. During the winter, it is too cold to run and running is one of the few things I do to release stress and any mental junk that builds up. I can’t help fall into thoughts that are not of God whether they are about myself, work, family, and the future. Even in my daily life, I have to be careful what I let inside my mind and what I dwell on. I have stress about my future and what the Lord wants me to do. I have worries of my family. It’s a constant thought after another, and I reached the point where I could not let those kinds of thoughts control me. Moreover, when I run, I speak to God, and I am releasing all that is not shared.
Firstly, our thoughts should not control us. They are not more powerful than us unless we let them be. God is obviously more powerful than our thoughts which is why He wants us to “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” What we think can contradict what the Bible says and therefore brings up many spiritual battles. When I was in college, I was so driven to achieve a high GPA that I missed out a lot on social outings. Although God has blessed me with many friendships throughout college, I wonder if I could have contributed more if I had not been so focused on my grades. Even at one point, getting high grades led me to a period of high anxiety and stress. There were a couple of nights when I could not sleep at all because I was planning out the next week! Eventually, by my senior year, I let God carry my burdens and ended up finishing well with less stress.
Secondly, God knows our thinking. Davids says in Psalm 139:1-4, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord” (NIV). When we think that God might not understand and might be unaware of what goes on in our mind, He can already determine the rest of the thoughts we will ever have in our lifetime. This is a good thing because He understands us; He created the human mind. Even His Son was human! He is fully aware that the mind can be dangerous. Look at all the mental disorders that are diagnosed in the States. Are we really allowing God to take our thoughts captive? Or do our thoughts take us captive?
Lastly, our understanding is not always accurate. We are humans, and we make mistakes. A coworker of mine has strong opinions of people based on one or two observations. She immediately treats them differently if there is something she doesn’t like. Eventually she sees another observation and changes her mind about the individual. Very inconsistent. But God is consistent. That’s why we must rely on the understanding of the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (NIV). If we rely on the Lord, trust in Him, He will guide us and lead us to wise and holy thoughts, a mentality of Christ.