There is no human being that can recall or recount the thoughts that went through their mind yesterday. In fact I would suggest the same applies to the thoughts you had within the last ten minutes – how about last two minutes?
By recall/recount I mean every single thought in the order you had them – exactly as they were.
You see it is a pretty impossible task to do so. We can recall that we were thinking about a given subject – but we cannot re-run verbatim every thought we had in a given day.
God has no problem with this. The ability to do this – is well within His brief.
Let’s face it – God having created mankind, is of course, of a superior intellect than all of mankind put together. If this were not so – then how could He have the ingenuity to create us in the first place?
But God’s thoughts towards mankind are not always the same. Yes – always the same in His intentions, because of the salvation wrought by and through The Person of His Son – but God’s thoughts are often thoughts of response to what mankind is thinking and doing on the earth
At given seasons, at given periods of history, at specific times, and in the context of given situations that have arisen on the planet, God’s thoughts are thoughts that arise in response to man’s thoughts, words, and actions.
Here is an example of God having thoughts at a given time and situation:
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
We talk of finding the context, when we quote a given piece or pieces of scripture. And it is wise to do that. But God’s Word is beyond just grammatical considerations. Or contextual ones.
A big additional factor with the thoughts of God, rather than just the words of men unaided by God is mentioned in:
John 6/63 (Jesus speaking) where we read:
…The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
Words as spoken by God Himself, have creative power, miracle working power.
When God speaks – His purpose for doing so, – may differ greatly from season to season. And what He says is often in response to earthly situations, that man finds himself in, or has brought upon himself.
God thinks and then speaks. Almost just as we do. Except that proper pre-meditation often escapes human beings, who so easily speak wrongly, or out of turn.
Concerning man’s thoughts – we are told in Psalm 94/11 that God knows the thoughts of man:
The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are futile (vain empty)…
And yet, what are we to do? We cannot think with some other mind (?) – we have only the one. And yet God invites us to do that very thing –
5 …Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…
He invites us to think His thoughts after Him – this should be a major concern for every Christian, namely, to fill his/her mind with the thoughts of God – utilising the means He has provided as in Bible meditation.
We are also given insight into God’s thoughts in Psalm 40/4:
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered.
So God, we can be assured, has ‘thoughts toward us’, – thoughts in our direction.
He considers and has not abandoned mankind.
Even when we have abandoned Him, He still wants to communicate, and wants us to listen. That’s why He both sent prophets to speak His thoughts to us, and has enabled men to write His thoughts down, in scripture.
God thinking and speaking again in response to man’s thoughts and actions says this:
Hear, O earth!
Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people—
The fruit of their thoughts,
Because they have not heeded My words
Notice ‘the fruit of their thoughts”
What fruit is our thoughts producing?
God will tailor-make His thoughts and Words by way of response, to suit the fruit of our own thinking, responding in accordance with whether our thoughts are godly or sinful.
Repentance in the simplest understanding of the word means to ‘change our mind’.
We can say why God wants us to do so i.e. (‘change our mind’) when He says –
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
He realises that mankind left to their own thoughts manifests futility. We must trade-in our old vehicle of communication (the sinful mind) for God’s superior model (pure thoughts of Christ). Properly understood this is repentance.
We live in a day where man’s own thoughts and ways are increasingly (and at a more rapid pace) abandoning the thoughts and Words of God.
In order for God ‘to move’ in mercy and grace (unmerited favour) toward an individual – that individual must fulfil the ‘conditions’ God requires.
God ‘moving’ is the work of The Holy Spirit that comes to influence an individual in such a way that they find a consciousness of their own sin followed by a yielding to the same Holy Spirit that draws them to Christ as Saviour and Lord.
This is a subjective experience available to every person on the planet. However we are told ‘few are they that find…’.
This ‘few’, is a comparative term – [has to be] – when we consider the innumerable multitudes that have passed through the scene of time.
The Word from God goes out: Matthew 11/28:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Our own ways (thoughts), keep the soul and spirit of man in a place of struggle, burden, turmoil, hopelessness, and condemnation.
But Christ offers us life and life more abundant. Not a problem-less existence, but a Peace that passes understanding (our understanding).