AN IDLE MIND
“An idle mind is the devil’s work shop” is a very old cliché; but have you ever given it serious thought? The human mind is a magnificent mechanism. God so created us that the mind must be active. It simply will not be a vacuum. The mind controls our actions. This is why Solomon, in Proverbs 23:7, tells us “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” We tend to do what we think. Therefore, a man who thinks pure thoughts, does pure deeds, but the man who thinks evil, commits evil.
The best way to insure that you will follow Satan is to begin to be idle. Notice what the apostle Paul said about the younger widows who did not re-marry: “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” (1 Tim.5:13).
If we do not keep our minds active and our hands busy doing God’s bidding, Satan moves in, and he is a relentless adversary. With God’s help, you can overcome evil, but the only way that you can do so is by overcoming evil with good. To keep a healthy, Christian outlook, let us heed Paul’s admonition: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just…pure…lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Phil.4:8). Brethren, let us heed this advice; let us think pure thoughts, work diligently to bring the lost to Christ, worship God faithfully, and keep ourselves unspotted from the world, that heaven might be our home when life’s journey shall have ended.