The first time I saw this term “Re-Think”, it spoke volumes to me. It was used in an advertisement for a cell phone introduction. The term “Re-Think” would advance from some distance in small letters and continue to progress until one could read the word “RE-THINK“ in enlarged bold lettering. Our lives evolve in a similar pattern. The depth of the mind and heart (or spirit) progressively produces wisdom for us. Wisdom then provides us the ability to clearly think and see what the Lord has been doing in our lives. Thus the scripture in Luke 7:35, “But wisdom is justified of all her children.” This ability helps us to understand how the Holy Spirit has been able to orchestrate and divinely arrange circumstances and situations in our lives, astonishingly working to the Glory of God. These orchestrated situations, I’ve found are manifested through our suffering, successes, and achievements in life. Therefore, I began to mediate upon this word in a biblical sense and here we are today expressing the biblical analogy of “RE-THINK”.
Difficulties’ and hard times befall us all. No matter our station in life, things will happen; it is tempting at times to resign ourselves to despair. However, the idea of Christians enjoying constant prosperity and blessings without problems or difficulties is not biblical in any sense. The Bible has many stories about righteous people who suffered because of their religious beliefs and because of people’s evil actions. There are many reasons why both good and bad things happen to us, and it may or may not be because we deserve it.
In biblical times, people thought that if someone was born with a birth defect, it was because one or both of the parents had sinned. When the disciples asked Jesus who had sinned to cause a certain man to be born blind, Jesus answered, “Neither had this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be manifest in him. (John 9:3)
The book of Job is one of the oldest books in the Bible, mostly written in the time of Abraham. It is a poignant example of bad things happening to a good person. Job is the story of a man who had everything taken away from him by one disaster after another. After the devil gave argument to God that Job only served God because he was blessed, God allowed the devil to do a lot of bad things to Job. Job lost his home, his family, his possessions, and health in a short time. Job was a righteous man, but bad things happened to him nonetheless. In the end Job talked with God about his troubles and Job’s response to God was faith: “I know that thou canst do every thing and that no thought can be withholden from thee” (Job 42:2 KJV).
John the Baptist is another example, he had been given an exclusive assignment by God the Father to be the fore-runner for the Messiah (Luke 1:17). He had prepared the heart of the people so that they would be receptive to Jesus when He began his public ministry (Matthew 3:1-12) and (Mark 1:1-8). However John eventually found himself thrown into prison by Herod. Before long this stalwart preacher began experiencing thoughts about whether Jesus was the Messiah after all.
John the Baptist’s birth, life and ministry were integral to God’s salvation plan from the beginning. Yet when circumstances of his life became thorny, John found himself plagued by insecurity. The Bible does not tell us what precipitated his re-thinking the situation; perhaps he felt abandoned. If Jesus was truly the Messiah, why did He not free John from prison? Our thoughts are often rooted in the same emotion. When we find ourselves imprisoned in one way or another, seemingly forgotten and alone we begin to question the reality of Jesus’ Love and Power: “If Jesus is God and if He really loves me, then why doesn’t He help me?”
John’s disciples approached Jesus expecting a yes or no answer to John’s question. John7:21 tells us that “at that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses, and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind”. Jesus reminded John’s disciples of what had already been prophesied in the Old Testament: “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard. The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who has leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor”, (Luke 7:22; see also Isaiah 29:18-22; 35:5-6; 61:1-2). No elaboration was needed because Jesus was doing what God had already stated only the Messiah would do. This evidence gave proof that He must indeed be the Promised One and the One John the Baptist endorsed.
God does not chastise us for thinking wrong thoughts; but He does expect us to RE-THINK a situation that we have assigned wrong thoughts to. He desires to prove Himself, and He will point us back to His WORD every time. Circumstances in life can easily become catalysts for despair or they can become agents for helping us to grow closer to the Savior and more deeply rooted in His Word. There is only one way our faith in God can flourish, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17 NIV).
Now, reflect back to a time that a difficult experience strengthened your faith and deepened your relationship with Jesus. RE-THINK each difficult experience you have had, add the Word of God to it and watch it reform your way of thinking, “RE-THINK”.