Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: April 10, Mind then matter…
- Psalm 77
- Psalm 78
- Psalm 79
The human body can do so much. It can bend, it can break and heal itself. It can move and dance and run and sleep. It makes music and makes a difference. The body, however, can be limited before it hits its actual limits. For if the brain is not invested, the body can only do so much. The mind stands in the way of success and can overcome when all roads seemingly point to failure. The mind chooses a path and can drive the body to follow.
I feel this in running. At one point, I focused so completely on besting my previous day’s numbers, I pushed through pain so fierce I could hardly walk later. And I did it again, and again, and again. My body stretched its limits because my brain chose to ignore the pain.
On the flip side, some runs just never get out of the warm-up period. The body feels fine, the weather is perfect, the running path is mine for the having, yet my brain just doesn’t show up. Those days are the hardest. Pushing through physical limitations is one thing, as the mind is more powerful than the body. But there is only so much the less powerful body can do when the mind chooses to not participate in the process.
Such is the life of faith. These three chapters in Psalms highlight a variety of ways in which the Israelite’s internal selves, their hearts and minds, just were not in the game.
“A stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.” –Psalm 78:8, NKJV
“…And forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them.” –Psalm 78:11, NKJV
“And they tested God in their heart…” –Psalm 78:18, NKJV
“Because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.” –Psalm 78:22, NKJV
“For their heart was not steadfast with Him…” –Psalm 78:37, NKJV
There is only so much obeying that your body can do if your heart has checked out of the life of faith. Actions may be muscle memory, but if the heart is missing, you are absolutely bound to be limited. Releasing your inner life to the glory of God will naturally bring about the outer life reflecting the inner reality.
And yet, there is still more grace to be had.
“For He remembered that they were but flesh, a breath that passes away and does not come again.” –Psalm 78:38, NKJV
Though our hearts fail time and again, God knows we are but human flesh. Use that knowledge as a safety net for failure that you may soar in belief.