Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Philippians 4: 8
Most of humanity spends their entire life thinking about their own problems. It is very common in people be aware of the debt, struggling to reach goals in life, relive every moment how bad somebody has treated them, suffering because nobody has paid attention in a meeting or they will be jealous of what their neighbor has and which they lack. So many times people live in a world of lies, dishonesty, injustice, impurity and envy. And their thoughts are focused precisely to those things.
It is therefore not surprising that there is stress and, as a consequence diseases come that can even cause death. Nor is it surprising that mankind is replete with conflicts from the small family circle to disputes between nations. Keep in mind that all human actions were initiated first as thoughts in our heads. And if those thoughts are not good, obviously that actions will produce evil.
What are the thoughts of God? Will they be like us? Scripture answers both questions in Isaiah 55:8-9: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
If God’s thoughts are higher than ours, then He will not engage in thinking about the minutiae of which we deal humans. I cannot imagine a resentful God because we got no pray today or give not thanks to Him for another day. Nor do I believe He shut the door in our nose when we seek to solve a problem after walking sinning against Him. I rather think between the thoughts of God are mercy, love, forgiveness and justice.
If our thoughts are not going according to what Paul says in Philippians 4:8 it is because we do not seek God. Let’s see what is written just before this verse, namely in Philippians 4:6-7: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
It is clear that the eagerness is the obstacle that prevents us from thinking according to what God expects of us. Against that, we have to look for His peace in prayer and thanksgiving for our thoughts to be saved in Christ Jesus. Only then we will be able to think of all that is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. Leave behind the eagerness and stop looking at the circumstances around us. God bless you.