1 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; 4 my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13 says, ‘How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?’
I know so well the replay of situations that transpires in the mind and the tormenting thoughts that accompany them. I have been in many situations where I have wrestled my thoughts.
When sorrow, disappointment, discouragement, failure or disagreements come, thoughts accompany the situation. I remember finding myself cleaning and at the same time thinking how could I be so stupid? I had this conversation going on in my head. I should have said this and then he would have said,....the more I thought the madder I got... The problem is that Proverbs says that as a man thinks, so is he. The more we focus on issues and allow ourselves to think on them they consume us and bring us nothing but death.
1 Corinthians 10:3-5 tells us what to do with our thoughts. We are told to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus. Our thought life is the battleground of the enemy. If he can keep our minds busy thinking on negative issues, then we are captives to him. Philippians 4:8 tells us what we should be thinking about: ‘Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things’. So take notice of what you are thinking. If it is negative, take your thoughts captive and as the psalmist says in verse 5-6 rejoice in your salvation and think of the goodness of God.
Prayer: "Lord, I thank you that Jesus overcame and defeated our enemy. Help me to be alert to my thought life and to take all negative thoughts captive into obedience to Christ. Help me focus on what is noble, right and praiseworthy in Jesus name. Amen!"