Scripture for Today: Philippians 4:8 “…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.”
Some smells transport me back in time. This is one of them. Every outdoor Christmas Market in our area of France sold hot spiced wine or hot spiced apple juice. The smell of it would waft up and down the rows of stands. People would wrap their frozen fingers around that mug for warmth. And for those indulging in the alcohol version, the warmth radiated within as well. Those spices of allspice, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest, ginger and anise would be mulled for hours, the flavors intermingling. The result was pure delight!
Today’s verse encourages the believer to think about a list of things that are excellent or praiseworthy. Just as a variety of spices are mulled and mixed over time, so we too are to reflect, ponder or ruminate over the truth. Truth is the starting point for all of our thoughts. And when we start there, we find ourselves thinking of all the rest. The truth is noble and right. The truth is pure, lovely and admirable. The Truth is Jesus Himself (John 14:6).
My thoughts can be all over the place. So many times, it takes a conscious effort to reign them in and focus on truth. So many things clamor for my attention. So many things distract me and often those very things are the opposite of this list! But there is a wonderful result when I mull over truth. I will experience the peace of God guarding my heart and mind (verse 7) and the peace of God will be with me (verse 9).
Thank you Lord, that thinking on You is worth the effort.