Over the years I’ve ended untold articles with the words “Think About It” (Selah). In this article I want you to think about it. Thinking is a subject that we all need to think about—perhaps more than you think! Let’s face it—most people don’t place a very high value on thinking. We aren’t impressed when someone responds to the question “What are you doing?” by saying, “I’m just thinking.” We might even accuse them of being lazy. We sure don’t equate it with work or constructive effort.
The Bible, however, places a great importance on our thought life. God’s Word tells us to think, and what we should think about (Phil. 4:8). God has endowed us with the wonderful ability to think, to reason, and He expects us to do it. Sadly, our ever shrinking attention span, our fascination with entertainment, and all the many technological gadgets hinder us from doing the serious thinking that we should do. As if TV wasn’t enough, now we have computers, video games, cell phones, I-pods, etc. to compete for our attention. All these things are fine when used properly, but far too often they distract us from more important matters.
Our fast-pace, high tech, entertainment orientated life-style is costing us dearly. You can’t be holy in a hurry and you can’t grow spiritually without spending much time in prayer and Bible study. We would all be better off if we spent more time sitting on a porch swing with a Bible in our hand thinking about the things of God. There is no substitute for careful reading and deep meditation. Yet the very thought of it drives some people nuts, especially the younger ones. If you don’t believe me just take a survey and ask people how long it’s been since they spent fifteen minutes watching a sunset ( the results would be even worse if you asked about a sunrise). You can’t even get most people today to sit still long enough to read a book. Unlike any other time in history, we have a vast amount of information at our finger-tips, but it is absolutely useless unless we take the time to read it.
God has given us His Word, filled with clear commands, tremendous truths, and precious promises, but it is of no benefit to us unless we read it. We neglect it at our own peril. Job said,” I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food”( Job 23:12). O that we had the attitude of the Psalmist who said,” O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day”( Psalms 119:97). Think about it!