God of the Thoughts
Does television exalt itself against your knowledge of God? If it does, it probably does through its images. God revealed Himself and His will through His Words. God is a Spirit. We can’t see Him. Our understanding of Him comes through Scripture. He won’t captivate our mind if we can’t allow Words to dominate our thoughts.
Our brains more easily access images. They are mind candy. Something close to the equivalent would be the choice between koolaid or water, a coca-cola or h2o, or a candy bar or a piece of celery. If thinking is a road, images are downhill compared to words uphill. We machete through words and coast through images. We sweat through words and relax through images. Images are the elephant in the room. Words are the dust mite.
Everywhere we go we have the choice presented between words and pictures. The Bible or the game. The book or the movie. The reading or the activity. Images are the enemy of pondering. We can’t meditate when the pictures have muscled their way to the front.
The more we give into the visuals, the deeper their groove becomes in our mind. We become more comfortable with them. It gets harder to think about what God said or a book about it. Our mind tires on the long sentence and thick paragraph. The golf cart’s there, so why walk the eighteen. Just push on the gas.
We won’t submit to God, when something else dominates our brain. The images crowd God out. He wants to fellowship through the Words and sentences. He wants to inform, to convict, to guide, to encourage, and to help. He wants our attention. Whenever He doesn’t get it, whatever it is that does is what we worship. How much competition should we give Him?