Devo Spiritual Growth-Rubik’s Cube
By Elaine James –
Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor Erno Rubik. Although it is widely reported that the Cube was built as a teaching tool to help his students understand 3D objects, his actual purpose was solving the structural problem of moving the parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart.
As a professor of architecture, Erno Rubik invented the little toy for his purpose of teaching and it ended up going all over the world and has sold over 350 million to date.
In the Scriptures, David spoke these words to his son, “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever” (1 Chronicles 28:9, emphasis mine).
Reading this verse, I could not help but notice the words “willing mind.” What does it take to have a willing mind and wholehearted devotion? It is a committed choice that the focus of our mind will be on the Father.
These words bring to mind a Rubik’s cube, because to complete the puzzle, and get all the colors in order, one must deeply focus. Think about it. When you do any sort of mind puzzle, you must focus 100%, taking all the distractions of life out of your mind to concentrate on the puzzle.
David was commissioning Solomon to build the Lord’s temple. He used the same words that God says to each of us; the work He has in mind for us will require a willing mind. He then asks us to cooperate with Him.
If you notice negative thoughts creeping into your mind, what do you choose to with those thoughts? Do you just follow wherever they lead, or do you choose to focus on God and invite Him into the situation. By praying prayers of thanksgiving, rejoicing, praising and petitions you allow God to renew your mind. This is your spiritual act of worship.
Rubik’s cube can give you a temporary reprieve from your thoughts, but God can give you everlasting relief and peace that renews your mind.
PRAYER: Today I praise you and thank you. I choose to focus on you and give these thoughts to you. Thank you for peace. I wait on you. In Jesus name.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12: 1 – 2 MSG).