Over the next few days, Selwyn will be talking about specific examples where the use of one’s imagination could be helpful.
Today, he discusses three objections – people sometimes give – regarding the use of imagination when reading the Bible.
“The first is: ‘It seems silly.’ The second reason is that they don’t have a very good imagination. … A third objection is this: ‘Is this really a valid use of the imagination?’ “
I think that it’s fairly obvious that there is no real issue to be found – against using our imagination, when reading the Bible. If, some people think that there is a problem with using our imaginations in this way, then there is a deeper cause giving rise to this concern; in such cases the issue must be taken to God in prayer. God can mould our imagination, in the same way that He transforms every other aspect of our lives.
Selwyn uses the Authorised Version of the Bible, when referring to the verse in 1 Chronicles 29:18, ”O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of the people, and prepare their heart for thee.”
As, Selwyn states: “Imagination can be the vehicle for bad but it can also be the vehicle for good.”
Our imagination should be under our control, as we have access to the power of the Holy Spirit, to help us keep it under control. If, you feel that you don’t have control of your imagination then I think it’s a fairly urgent matter for you to seek God’s help in this area.