This week I had the opportunity to sit in on a bible study in a correctional institution. Sitting with the chaplain and about 20 inmates for about 2 hours, I can tell you we had some of the most inspiring and beautiful discussions about God’s Word all coming from those Christian men who were taking their faith and their Bible very seriously.
One theme that came up in our bible study was the topic of temptation and one of the men there quoted from heart James 4:7,
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
They had a very good discussion about focusing on Christ, not on our problems, and Jesus will become bigger and our problems will become smaller.
Pastor Paul, who was often a prisoner himself, in our reading today brings out the same thought in this passage from Philippians 4.
Finally… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
What else (who else) is the most true and praiseworthy but Jesus.
So the same is said for us and our problems, struggles, and fears. Focus on Christ and not on our problems and Jesus will become bigger and our problems will become smaller. Sometimes, it is all about perspective.