Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 2 Timothy 2:7
Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones made the comment, “Faith … is primarily thinking … and the whole trouble with a man of little faith is that he does not think. He allows circumstances to bludgeon him.”
This verse from Timothy explains that as we think about faith issues God will give us insights. It’s not just about using our minds but God revealing truth to us.
Sometimes our reluctance to think about our faith may come from a fear we’ll discover inconsistencies in what we believe. If there are discrepancies between what we believe and the way we act, then we won’t mature in our faith until we have worked through these issues. God can handle our doubts. We can bring them to him, and by reflecting on them he will give us understanding.
I have conversed with supposedly thinking atheists only to discover they have closed minds. They simply dismiss anything they disagree with, without thinking about it. We don’t need to be like them. If we’re confident in our faith, we’re able to consider opinions that differ from ours. From time to time I read books I disagree with. It helps me understand where others are coming from, but more importantly, it helps me clarify in my own mind what I believe and why.
Let’s be thinking Christians. God wants to reveal his insights to us and he can only do that as we reflect on our faith.