I published this in February of 2018 and because it seems we are trying to understand what others are thinking right now, at least I am, I wanted to re-post what I think of as a good explanation of reading each other’s mind.
There are times when if you know a person really well, you can read their mind, or their intent. There are times someone may “repeat” something that a person you know well has said and you know by the wording whether what they are saying is true, or not.
Something happened that was kind of comical but makes a point; when my grandson was a few years younger he had gone looking for his dad who was taking an on-line test for a course to get his degree. Gabe came into the den with a giant pout on his lips and my daughter asked him what was wrong, he answered, “Dad told me to shut up, get out of there and close the door!” Now if you knew my son-in-law you would know that was not the truth! Cherita questioned him, “Gabe, are you sure your dad said that?” He slowly shook his head back and forth, “No”, “Then why did you say he did?” The answer sent us both into hysterics trying to keep from rewarding this lie with a laugh, “I read his mind!”
I thought about how many times we assign motives to a person’s glance or (perceived) body language, or a misunderstood statement. The only one that can truly read minds (heart’s motives) is the One that created us. He communicated His desires to man, no misunderstanding there, He told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, did they misunderstand Him? No, they blatantly disobeyed.
Mark 8:33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
John 13 Jesus correctly predicted that Judas would betray Him and that Peter would deny him, not once but three times before the next morning. He knew what was in their mind, their heart.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
When you go before God to pray, keep in mind that He already knows what you need.
Matthew 6:7-8 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Isaiah 65:24 I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
God already knows what I need!
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts”
Don’t worry that you will be misunderstood because He KNOWS!