"Think on these things."
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Scripture: Philippines 4:8-9 (NKJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Observation: Paul is giving us a key to remaining in perfect peace in verse 8: meditate on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, things of good report, anything that is virtuous and praiseworthy. Don’t dwell on the negative side of things. Then in verse 9, he tells his followers that he has 1) taught, 2) imparted, 3) preached, and 4) demonstrated these things through his ministry. He was and had been sharing the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection and all of the things the Spirit had taught him in preparation for his ministry. These are the things that Paul was instructing the Philippines to meditation on to keep their hearts and minds steadfast on Christ.
Application: This is another argument for believers to remain faithful to read and meditate on the word of God. By doing so, we can remain in perfect peace, peace that comes from God and not the peace of the world which is transient at best. Our hope is in Christ and in His shed blood. This is what is good and perfect and sure.
Prayer: Father, give me a hunger for your word and the desire to read it daily and meditate on the truths it contain. Help me to put and keep your word as the center of my life and let I guide the parameters of who I am and what I am about. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.