Last week, I wrote about the first part of Philippians 4: 6-9.
This week I want to tackle the last part that begins with ‘Finally brothers…’ We are given a list of items to focus on; noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.’ You’ll notice each word is something we consider to be positive. When we focus on these traits, it is hard to be anxious, fearful, or worried. They allow us to look at the world through God’s eyes and what He wants for us; peace in Him.
It doesn’t mean that life is always going to rosy and nothing bad will ever happen; because that’s not true. We live in a fallen world where very bad things do happen every day, every hour, every minute. It just means that when we are focused on God, He will lead us through each situation.
Peter is a good illustration of this. When the storm came up on the lake. Peter heard Jesus calling to him. Peter climbed out of the boat and began to walk towards Jesus and while he kept His eyes on Jesus, Peter was okay. But the moment he looked down and realized he was on the water, he began to sink.
The story illustrates what happens when we take our eyes off of Jesus. We will sink. Every time.
The final instruction begins with the word, “Whatever…”We must put into practice what we learn in this set of scriptures. Not just for one day, but for the rest of our lives. There will be times when we keep our eyes on Jesus, but other times when we’ll forget like Peter and begin to sink.
Did Jesus let Peter drown? No. He pulled him to safety. Jesus will always protect us and pull us to safety, if only we acknowledge Him and turn our eyes to Him.