Thursday, July 2
Today's reading: Colossians 3:1-4
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3:2).
Paul's instruction to focus our thoughts on things above—God, His plan, His power and control, spiritual and eternal matters—is a good verse for today, particularly with what's taking place around the world right now with the coronavirus. Things seem a bit crazy and chaotic, and feelings of fear are widespread. Given this, I was thankful for how God brought us right to this verse today.
I've learned over the years that one of the best ways to combat feelings of uncertainty and fear is to turn to God's Word, fill my mind with the truths I find there—literally set my mind on things above—and then pray. While doing so doesn't change my physical situation or circumstance, it does change my perspective and impact my emotions. Refocusing on God and the fact that He is in control and watching over me is calming. It gives me a sense of peace, right in the middle of whatever is taking place.
Have you been "setting your mind on things that are above" over the last few months? How has spending time in God's Word and in prayer helped you better cope with new and unexpected conditions? Do you have a specific chapter, passage, or verse that you turn to when feelings of fear start pushing in? Tami
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