5 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

1 Samuel 13
Romans 11
Jeremiah 50
Psalms 28-29

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Psalm 28:6–7 (CSB): “Blessed be the Lord, for he has heard the sound of my pleading. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart celebrates, and I give thanks to him with my song.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

I’m reading an incredible book right now that is causing me to rethink much of what I have thought about the brain. The title of the book is “Switch on Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health” by Dr. Caroline Leaf.

Dr. Leaf is a Christian neuroscientist and unpacks much of what has been recently learned about how we can literally rewire our brains. Simply put, our minds (our soul) are who we really are and our brains are what our mind uses to accomplish it’s objectives. So, what our mind chooses to believe or think about can literally change the structure of our brains (neuroplasticity) so that it becomes easier to believe or think about those things.

Why am I bringing up all of this? Simply to bring to our attention that the happiness and confidence in his God that the Psalmist had in the verses that I have chosen don’t come natural to everyone. Some people see a dark cloud within every silver lining.

So, how can we get to the place that the Psalmist was at? How can we develop a brain that readily acknowledges God’s working in our lives? How can we develop a brain that easily finds the ability to rest in our God’s care? How can we develop a brain that literally finds a soul-satisfying happiness as we observe the Lord’s workings around us?

I’ll answer those questions with another question: “What are you thinking about?”

Friend, if you don’t choose to identify and celebrate God’s fingerprints in the events that occur in your day, then you will have developed a brain that isn’t trained to recognize God’s working in your life. If you don’t choose to find happiness as you observe how God has been so gracious to you, then you will have developed a brain that isn’t wired for happiness.

What can be done about this? How can we experience genuine happiness and security in God’s care? By choosing to believe what the Bible says about our God (His love, His goodness, His power, etc.) and choosing to identify and celebrate what He does in and around us. As we choose to dwell on those things, we will be rewiring our brain to much more easily experience those responses in the future.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT): “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

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Lord Jesus, Your word makes it clear that I am to be so careful with what I think about. I know even from life experiences that what I dwell on will directly impact how I think later on in life. So, help me to be more intentional about thinking about what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Help me to identify and dwell on just how wonderful and gracious You are. In the months and years to come, I’ll reap the benefits of a brain trained to think that way. Amen.

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