Paul gives a list of eight things that are worth thinking about, incase we have a dry spell and can’t think of anything. He was just pleading with them to be of the “same mind as the Lord.” Saying they should rejoice and not worry about things. Doesn’t that sound like you and me? Isn’t it easy to fall into that trap of being overwhelmed by the cares of this world—how we will make ends meet—being anxious over many things?
And if we were sitting under the teaching of Paul today,—He would be telling us the same things. What is it that Paul telling us in this verse to help us overcome and be victorious over our worries? Paul knew that God was so sufficient, that He thought of everything—he knew that if he had Christ, he had it all. And we
should too. Paul knew that trying to overcome these things in his own strength
would not always make him victorious. He knew that if he walked in the Spirit
then he wouldn’t give into the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
He wanted our mind off our troubles and on Christ. When we are busy doing good, we won’t have time to worry. God takes care of everything. Matthew
6:25-34 tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” God is a “Good God” and He does take care of His own. We don’t need to beg God, we only need to seek Him. Think on His goodness—Did you know it is impossible to sin without thinking about it first? It’s true, you cannot sin without thinking of it first. This verse tells us it’s important what we think on. So lets think on the things of God.
Father, thank you for thinking of everything possible that we would need to live here--I know You are a Good God, and that You do care about us. Help me to see this simple truth that it is the things I “think about” that determines my outcome. Amen.