Monday, November 26th, 2012
A Racing Mind (Part 1)
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3 (NKJV)
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Romans 8:6 (NKJV)
When Paul told us to 'Run with endurance the race that is set before us' (Hebrews 12:1), he wasn't talking about our minds. A racing mind is like a runaway train; it must be stopped. A racing mind is like a runaway child; it must be found and comforted.
A racing mind travels best at night. Like a wild teen in a sleeping house is a racing mind in a sleeping body. No good comes of it.
However, millions of responsible adults suffer from it--and even God's elect. Sometimes, they feel as helpless in controlling their thoughts as parents in controlling their teens. Anxiety keeps tired eyes open. Worries become giants no one can beat. Plans become puzzles no one can solve.
How do exhausted grown-ups of the world cope with runaway thoughts? They medicate. Some illegally. Others with alcohol. Many with prescriptions: pills for sleeping, fear, and depression. It's like Pandora's medicine chest was opened--full of bewitching intoxicants. Some are blatant mind changers.
But the majority of drugs are subtle: pretending to help, but never enough. Medical mind taming hooks you by degrees. I witnessed it closely in my own family. Pill popping became pill hopping: shopping for new drugs when the old ones lost their charm. All under doctor's orders.*
Here's the thing: medications for a racing and worrisome mind are temporary. But their side effects can become permanent.
How do exhausted grown-ups of faith cope with runaway thoughts? Can devoted men and women of God still suffer from sleepless anxieties? Check out King David, unquestionably a man after God's Own Heart (see Acts 13:22).
'I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears' (Psalm 6:6). 'For I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart have enlarged' (Psalm 25:16-17). 'I lie awake' (Psalm 102:7), 'For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to the grave' (Psalm 88:3).
To Be Continued...
*I do not advocate changing doctor's orders. But I do advocate prayer, Bible study, and consultation with God.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the A Racing Mind series.