When reading 1 Corinthians 3:20 this morning, an implication rushed to my mind. Every so often, in the midst of a discussion, I have had to admit “I never thought of that.” But, according to this verse, The Lord has never had to say that: “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.
— Psalm 119:15 (esv)
Many would argue against the practice of meditating on Scripture, or doing deep (theological) thinking, by saying “it’s not my thing” — as if it comes only by nature to some (and not to others). Puritan Thomas Manton (c. 1680) unmasks this excuse, and exhorts all believers to get it in gear.
“Many think it is an exercise that does not suit with their temper; it is a good exercise, but for those who can use it. It is true, there is a great deal of difference among Christians; some are more serious and consistent and have a greater command over their thoughts; others are of a more slight and weak spirit, and less apt for duties of retirement and recollection; but our unfitness is usually moral rather than natural; not so much by temper, as by ill use. … Partly, want [lack] of love; we pause and stay upon such objects as we delight in. Love naileth the soul to the object or thing beloved. “O how I love they law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97).