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Overthinking

I’ve become more aware lately of how many costly mistakes I’ve been making by not taking the time to stop, take a breath, and think—and by my inclination to think too much.

Am guessing you’ve noticed, as I have, that inspired words meet us on both sides of the road. The first Psalm urges us to meditate day and night on the story and teachings of the Five Books of Moses. Then Solomon, a collector of thoughtful proverbs, reminds us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart without relying on our own understanding (Prov 3:5-7).

We’ve been considering together how Jesus gives us a new (restored and refreshed) way of understanding all things.

At 12 years of age, he amazed teachers of Moses with his thoughtful questions and understanding of Scripture  (Luke 2:46-47). Later, as he began his 3 years of public teaching he began by turning the thoughts of his people’s expectation of a liberating Messiah and kingdom of God— upside-down and inside-out (Matthew 5:1-11).

Yet he did so with inexpressible humility and insight, later adding,

“By myself, I can do nothing”… and…

“Without me, you can do nothing”. (John 5:19) (John 5:30) (John 15:5).


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  1. SFDBWV says:

    Good morning Mart, yes I too have learned that there are a great many Scripture verses that seem in opposition to each other (other side of the road).

    I have to laugh at the concept of “overthinking” as that nearly defines my entire intellectual life.

    Recently I have had reason to talk (long distance) to someone who is questioning their Christianity, questioning the Bible, wondering about all of the new approaches of worship, why God would send people to hell, if is God real, and on and on and on.

    The search for God begins with questions we ask ourselves and our peace comes in simply having faith.

    Faith is not an intellectual exercise. In truth it comes into opposition to it.

    Hebrews 11:1 JKV, Proverbs 3:5,6 KJV, Philippians 4:7 KJV tells us clearly that our peace comes by not “overthinking”, but by just believing in opposition to trying to reason it all out.

    58 degrees with light fog, rain on its way.

    Steve

  • poohpity says:

    Overthinking can cause us to imagine things that are not there and miss the simple things that actually are.(Romans 1:21 NLT; Col 2:8 NLT)