Your Mind Is a Sponge

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. I have sworn and confirmed That I will keep your righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word. (Psalm 119:105-107, N.K.J.V.)

I’ve read that if you could start with a sponge the size and shape of a basketball, squeeze it down to the size of a golf ball, put it into a two-gallon bucket filled with water, and release it, that sponge would drink up a gallon of that water. Is this hypothetical experiment accurate? I have no idea. The point of the object lesson, though, is that a sponge has an outsized capacity to absorb liquid.

In the same way that a sponge absorbs liquid, your mind absorbs holy scripture. The more you read the Bible, study it, and meditate upon it, the more saturated with it your mind becomes. Even if you can’t recall every word of a passage, you can still apply that passage’s teaching to your life. Even if you can’t recall every detail of a story, you can still relate that story to your situation. Even if you can’t recall the chapter and verse for a certain text, you will still know that text is in there somewhere because you once read it.

I have found that saturating your mind with scripture is especially helpful in the realm of prayer. For example, if I want God to help me make ends meet, I can pray, “Lord, I need you to help me just like you helped that widow of Zarephath when she was at the end of her resources.” If I have built my life around Christ’s teachings and yet everything seems to be falling apart around me, I can pray, “Jesus, You said that whoever hears Your sayings and does them will be like the man who built his house upon the rock rather than sand.” If I lack wisdom concerning a situation I am facing and really need God’s guidance about it, I can say, “God, the Bible says that anyone who lacks wisdom should ask You for it in faith, and You will give it.”

Right now, wherever you are, you should commit yourself to using your mind to soak up more of the “water” of God’s word. Don’t simply be content to read a verse every now and then whenever you can find the time. No, make the time each day to sit down with the Bible and allow your mind to absorb those holy words. Seriously, there really is no substitute for Bible study, and if you aren’t actively engaged in it on a daily basis, you are only hurting yourself and those around you.

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