Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Luke 24:45
Or to put it another way—it’s impossible not to think.
But… isn’t that dangerous? Doesn’t “thinking” lead us down all the wrong paths?
Often when I hear popular Christian leaders spouting political opinions (left and right), I wonder, “Where did you get that? That’s not in the Bible. That doesn’t sound like Jesus.” Then I go to the Bible myself, asking the Holy Spirit for guidance. Usually I find that a favorite political belief is spun off from a minor Bible verse with little or no related context. That’s dangerous. When we embrace others’ opinions as Truth, we might not be trusting the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. Proverbs 3:5-7
Here’s the thing… Everyone thinks. So we need God’s guidance. Fortunately, He’s given it to us, as long as we open our mind to it. When we allow Him to, God does show us His way.
In fact, the real danger is in closing our minds to the Holy Spirit.
And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Matthew 12:31
When we pretend we’re not depending on our own understanding, we’re actually soaking up understanding from sources around us—politicians, media, news programs, friends—even well-intentioned pastors. And that’s much more dangerous than thinking for ourselves. So read, pray, and think. Trust that the Holy Spirit is more dependable than any human.