Dangers: Little Foxes • Devotion 3

Danger of Thoughts
Pastor Ryan and Cathy Story

Have you ever caught yourself in an out-of-control thought pattern? One word, one action, and one thought, can cause our thoughts to completely unwind. Sometimes all it takes is one statement from our spouse and we find ourselves pondering, analyzing, and fuming over that thought the rest of the day. In the same way, sometimes those statements are good, uplifting, and helpful. Then we spend all day thinking about those statements in a positive way. In the situations where the statements we stew over are not positive, edifying, or uplifting, we can allow our thoughts to begin tearing down ourselves again and again. Our minds have the ability to create situations that have never happened. Our minds have the ability to take something that has never been spoken and portrays that as the most absolute reality.

When the bride in Song of Solomon says, “Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me” (Song of Solomon 1:6), she may have created a false narrative in her mind. Her darker skin may have been attributed to working out in the fields, which at the time would have indicated lower social standing. The bride may have questioned if she would be able to be loved in return, or questioned if she was worthy enough for the one she loved. She could have insecurely thought through scenarios of how he may respond to her if she tried to approach him. We get a brief glimpse of how her thoughts may have unwound and caused her to question herself in his eyes.

This glimpse into the mind of the bride is like a glimpse into our minds as well. We question ourselves, we end up doubting ourselves, and we wonder what others will think, or how they will respond to us. We follow the rabbit trails in our minds of what someone else is going to think, and how they are going to respond or react to us, and we then speak and live based on these assumptions. Just as the bride seemed to feel a need to preface her words to her beloved, we often feel the need to preface and explain our words and actions to others. We sit on others’ responses to us and rerun those situations through our minds.

In marriage, parenting, and life in general, keeping control of our thoughts and minds is so important. We are reminded in Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” We keep control of our minds to help us live confidently in the way God has created us.
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