Imagine a university where the library is open only on moonless nights and all lights are prohibited. The students have access to all the books, desks and study carrels, but they must pursue their studies in total blackness. Expensive volumes fill the reading rooms—some of them are rare and valuable. Students are free to move among the bookshelves and remove any resources they want. But everything is done in darkness—no lamps, no candles, no flashlights, no light of any kind. Total blackout.
That’s a pretty accurate picture of a world trying to learn, trying to think and trying to meditate without the light of the life of Christ.
Referring to fallen humanity, Paul wrote:
“Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. … They exchanged the truth about God for a lie. … Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind. … They have no understanding” (Romans 1:21, 25, 28, 31, emphasis mine).
Without Christ, our thoughts are as dark as midnight. Apart from God’s grace in Christ, our minds are corrupt (Titus 1:15), depraved (2 Timothy 3:8), anxious (Deuteronomy 28:65), cunning (Psalm 64:6), closed (Isaiah 44:18), warped (Proverbs 12:8), “puffed up with idle notions” (Colossians 2:18) and “always learning but never able to come to (2 Timothy 3:7). As God said in the days of Noah, without Christ, every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart is only evil all the time (Genesis 6:5).
How can that be? The human brain is the greatest marvel of God’s creation—more complex than the largest star or the smallest atom. But it was corrupted by Satan’s lies. Like a finely tuned engine, our brains are designed for only one fuel—Truth. The . The Truth that pervades His creation. The Truth found in His perfect character and infallible Word.
Taken from Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation: Find True Peace in Jesus, copyright ©2017 Robert J. Morgan.
Used by permission of . The Scripture quotation is taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version.
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