“This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel… so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed” (Luke 2:34b-35a, NIV; bold emphasis mine).
“For the word of God… exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes” (Heb. 4:12-13a, NLT; bold emphasis mine).
Why would God want to expose our thoughts?
Now, that is a great question… and the Bible has an array of enriching answers for it. Here are a few of the most fundamental ones:
- Our thoughts produce emotions. For example, multiple places in the book of Daniel use variants of this phrase: “My thoughts greatly troubled me.” Thoughts can either bring about emotional disturbance, or emotional wellbeing.
- Our thoughts produce actions. This is true of God, and it’s true of us, made in His image. Jeremiah 23:20 describes God executing the thoughts of His heart. This is how it works with us, too. Every important action we will ever perform in this life will have its origin in a thought.
- Our thoughts produce outcomes. Jeremiah 6:19 contains the phrase “the fruit of their thoughts.” The thoughts we choose to meditate on determine the fruit our lives will produce, whether good or bad. They carve out the path that we will walk on. They set our feet moving forward in a direction that will bring forth either life, or death.
Your future is extremely fertile, and your thoughts are the seeds that determine what will grow there. This is why Daddy wants to expose our thoughts. He cherishes us fiercely. He is jealous over the breathtaking plans He has laid out for us. And He knows that our thoughts are the seeds of our destiny. Our thoughts will either enable us to develop into the fullness of what He has dreamed for us… or not.
“For as the thoughts of [a person’s] heart are, so is he…” (Prov 23:7, BBE). Our thought life will ultimately shape who we are. Since Daddy longs to give us a life of ever-increasing blessings, He mirrors back to us what is in our thoughts. His Word opens us up before Him and examines the inside of us. It lays bare the core of us. He lovingly, firmly challenges us to let Him root out what should not be growing there, that He might give us His very best.
Does being exposed and naked before God feel vulnerable? What if you know that He only gazes on you with the deepest of love?