Clear Thinking in a World Full of Noise

Clear Thinking in a World Full of Noise
By Pastor Alexander L. Redd
May 10, 2024

"The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." (Proverbs 4:7 NIV).

Clear thinking is intellectually and spiritually necessary, particularly in today's complex and distracting world. The Bible offers insights into thinking that can help us develop wisdom, discernment, and a deeper relationship with God. Through Christ Jesus, we can know the foundational means to empower our minds to think righteously.

The cornerstone of clear thinking is the greatest commandment, as stated in Matthew 22:37, where Jesus says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and with all your mind." This commandment underlines the value of engaging our intellect with the divine. Loving God with all our minds involves actively pursuing understanding, seeking wisdom, and discerning truth, essential components of clear thinking. Christ Jesus presents clarity in purpose and communication.

Jesus Christ exemplifies the art of thinking clearly. His teachings, parables, and responses to the Pharisees show remarkable clarity of thought and purpose. Consider the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), where Jesus articulates the principles of the kingdom of heaven with profound simplicity and depth.

His ability to cut through the complexities of law and tradition to reveal the heart of God's desires for humanity showcases the power of clear thinking rooted in divine wisdom. Scripture teaches that true wisdom comes from the Almighty Jehovah (Proverbs 2:6). Solomon, known for his wisdom, provides another compelling example of clear thinking.

In 1 Kings 3:9, Solomon asks God for "a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong." Solomon's request and subsequent reign illustrate how clear thinking, guided by divine insight, leads to righteous decisions and effective leadership. His sayings are treasures of wisdom, stressing understanding, discernment, and the fear of the Lord as the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). Moreover, the apostles are exemplars of discernment in leadership and teaching.

Clear thinking is evident in the leadership and teachings of the apostles, particularly Paul. In Romans 12:2, Paul urges believers not to conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed by renewing their minds. This transformation is essential for discerning God's will, which is "good, pleasing, and perfect." Paul's epistles are replete with logical arguments, ethical instructions, and theological insights, demonstrating how clear thinking is vital for spiritual growth and community building. To achieve this, applying biblical principles to modern life is as relevant as in ancient times.

Living in today's world can be challenging, especially with the constant bombardment of information, social media bubbles, and people with extreme views. However, exercising righteous judgment, wisdom, and empathy is essential. By following the principles found in the Bible, you can navigate these challenges with clarity and purpose. Seeking divine wisdom and understanding can help illuminate your mind and enable you to make enlightened choices.

Proverbs 4:7 says, "The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." This passage means that wisdom is more valuable than any material possession and that the wisest thing a person can do is seek wisdom. Wisdom is the practical way you live your life based on what you have already learned to be true. Gaining wisdom through prayer, studying Scripture, and reflecting on God's truth is key to thinking clearly and growing in discernment.
Hebrews 5:14 points out that discernment is "solid food for the mature, who have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil" through constant use. Discernment allows you to handle situations gracefully and arrive at decisions under God's will. Paul says having a renewed mind means resisting worldly traps and understanding God's will. You can achieve this by praying, studying, and meditating on God's word (Romans 12:2). A habit of reflective prayer, like David in the Psalms, in which you bring your thoughts, questions, and concerns before God can clarify your mind and align your will with His.

Thinking clearly is more than just an intellectual way of life; it is also a spiritual discipline. By looking at biblical examples and principles, you can develop clear thinking that enhances your understanding, guides your decisions, and deepens your relationship with God. In doing so, you fulfill the commandment to love God with all your mind, leading a life marked by wisdom, discernment, and divine purpose.

Write Pastor Redd:

No Comments