When my sister and I were little girls; we were very afraid of the dark. We always had to have some sort of night light. Sometimes; we would simultaneously have night mares. Talk about alarming. We would both be screaming to the top of our lungs; alarming our mom and dad. Good grief; we always had a light on. However; soft lights cast shadows, revealing “monsters hiding in the closet,” “burglars who snuck in,” after mom and dad went to bed. Our imaginations were quite vivid.
As an adult; these things seem quite silly but to a child they seem very real. This scenario takes place in Christian adults. We allow our greatest fears to continually ruminate through our minds. We take the truth and blow it way out of proportion. It becomes the monster in the closet or the burglar in the house.
Webster defines the word vain as “having no real value, not producing a desired result, marked by futility.” How often do we waste our time; thinking on non-productive or even counter-productive thoughts. Life is too short. Let’s stop giving our enemy an opportunity to “…steal, kill and destroy.” John 10:10a Jesus came to give life and give it abundantly. John 10:10b
You must take action. If you continue to dwell on the “what ifs” and the “maybes”; you will continually be weighted down with “vain imaginations.” Begin to cast down those vain imaginations. Put them in the place they belong; in the sea of forgetfulness.
As I mature in my faith, I have begun to see vain imaginations for what they are. SIN. It wastes your time and God’s time. It’s against Him and Him only that we sin. We have been given an appointed time to be born and an appointed time to die. Let’s not waste our precious days and years on “vain imaginations”.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, I promise with Your help, to cast away vain imaginations. I love You and trust to train me in righteousness. I don’t want my time to be futile but productive.