A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
Do you ever feel distracted or overwhelmed by thoughts racing through your mind? In addition to family or relationship issues, there could be career concerns, financial needs, or health problems. The more you tell yourself to stop thinking about these things, the worse it seems to get. So, how do we stop this disruptive pattern?
The Bible offers us an excellent strategy to counter anxious and runaway thoughts. Writing from prison, the Apostle Paul tells believers in Philippians 4:8 to think about “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praise worthy think about such things.” The word think means to intentionally calculate and hold to a particular view. In other words, the most effective way to address an anxious and distracted mind is to replace destructive thoughts with ones that reflect the character of God as He is revealed to us in the Bible.
By reading and saturating your mind with Scripture, you will be able to keep a tighter rein on your thoughts and experience peace even when life is stressful. There is nothing wrong with having a lot on your mind, as long as your mind is focused on what delights and honors God!