Philippians 4

Philippians 4 is filled with frequently quoted verses. Paul calls us to rejoice in the Lord always and not be anxious about anything. He points us to the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, and then he writes about the secret of being content in God’s provision. And right in the middle of all of it is verse 8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Paul’s counsel to the believer struggling for joy isn’t just to be happy, and his counsel to the believer struggling with anxiety isn’t just to stop worrying. His counsel is for us to think about things that stir us up to praise and worship. When we spend all of our time focused on things that are questionable, unjust, impure, and marked by strife, what does that stir up in our hearts and minds? Less joy and peace, more anxiety and fear. But what happens when we spend time thinking on the things of God? Less anxiety and fear, more joy and peace. Why? Because thinking on the things of God helps us to see even the things that bring us low through the lens of God’s peaceful provision. So as you pray today, before you start to list your challenges, think first of things that are worthy of praise.

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