Devotional #339, June 14, 2020

Devotional #339
“Think on These”
June 14, 2020
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, 
whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8 
There is a lot to think about these days.  My mind can easily be overwhelmed with the disturbing news, absurd demands, and discouraging events taking place in our nation.  It is a very difficult time we are all going through.  And our thoughts can quickly lead to anger, disappointment, distrust, and judgement. 
I heard a very encouraging devotional message this week by pastor Jerry Roberts.  He spoke about this very topic…our conversations and what our minds are dwelling on.  In summary, he used the passage about the Emmaus Road encounter between two men and Jesus.  He talked about how the men were traveling and having a conversation about the events surrounding the crucifixion.  They were sad, confused, and distraught.  And then Jesus approached them, asking what they were talking about, and why they were so sad.  They explained the events of the past few days to him.  And then He began to teach them and explain the prophecies and how they were fulfilled.  He told them not to be sad, and pointed out all the positive results of the tragic events, that is payment for sin, salvation for all, the promise of eternal life.  Jesus turned the conversation around, and made them dwell on the positive.
Pastor Roberts went on to ask, if our conversations were making us sad?  And I had to answer “yes”.  I was guilty of not trying to find positive events and ideas to talk about.  My thoughts were negative and depressing.  But he reminded me that all I had to do was let Jesus come along beside me, and teach me how to look for the positives.  I needed to find peace in His words that whisper, “Let not your heart be troubled, or let  it be afraid.” John 14:27  
“I have told you these things, so that in me, you may have peace.  In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33