Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
The problem with positive thinking is that it’s all in the head. It’s a man-made concept that excludes God from the equation and relies on the power of our own minds. The Word of God never mentions positive thinking – instead it has a lot to say about how and why we need to correct our thoughts. It’s clear that our minds are the seat of rebellion, which in essence is making ourselves and our wills, our desires, our emotions, more important than God,
God’s Word does not operate from the head, but rather from the heart. We’re told to ‘write these Words upon thy heart,’ not save them in heads. Head faith is, when the crunch comes, absolutely worthless, because it’s governed by all the other weaknesses we carry within ourselves. We should listen to our hearts rather than our heads, because our heads change their minds constantly – maybe this or possibly that, or I think this one moment and something completely different the next. The result is confusion, not faith, and we find ourselves trying to think positive rather than believe absolutely.
The Bible says the ‘life of a creature is in the blood.’ It also says the ‘Word of God is health to all our flesh.’ How does the life get to the flesh? Via the heart. In other words, the heart’s task is to circulate the Word – the life – to the flesh through the blood. Think of this in the context of healing for a moment. What an awesome truth this is! God has provided, within our very makeup, the means by which his Word may effect his promises of healing. Our task is to get the Word into our heart.
Once it’s there, we have heart faith, not head faith. We have a faith that is a part of us, rather than an intellectual exercise that is prone to distraction, or to doubt when it appears things aren’t going the way we expected or imagined. Trusting in the Lord with all our hearts means letting go of our ‘understanding.’ It means knowing rather than understanding. There’s an enormous difference.
So how do we do this? God may not be logical, but he is always practical. We should use our heads as he intended – they are a tool, a conduit as it were, to funnel the Word to where we need it. We get the Word into our hearts via our heads, i.e. we learn it by heart. Read it, speak it, think it, meditate it, repeat it – over and over and over until we know it by heart. Then we act it. That’s real faith. And that’s when the power of the Word can ‘circulate’ through us and do what God intended, whatever our need.
Write your Word upon my heart, Lord. Help me to make it part of my heart rather than my head. Forgive me for relying on my own understanding, and quicken your Word within me so that I may be renewed, according to your will, and live a life of heart faith rather than head faith.