Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Philippians 4:8 NIV
Each time the dogs renew their heartworm medication, the veterinarian insists on blood work to verify that they have not contracted heartworms in the past year. You have to wait on the results before you receive a new prescription for your puppy. If the lab results come back negative it is a good thing.
Each of us are waiting for results in our life. We want to see the finished product that has resulted from our labors. A young couple waits expectantly to see if the results are positive for their pregnancy test. Another couple counts the days to see if the test for cancer comes back positive. Positive results are not always positive.
Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. This verse assures us that even when we don’t get the results we are hoping for, we can keep a positive attitude. We can rest in the knowledge that if we are in a relationship with God Almighty, he is working out all our results for good, whether they are positive or negative.
I used to think that having a positive attitude all the time was not realistic. You were denying the facts of the situation and living in a fantasy world. Our verse today shows that to be the exact opposite. In Philippians, Paul encourages us to concentrate on the good things and not the negative. To meditate on these lovely things not because you are not facing reality but because God is your reality.
In all things, we can trust God. We can set our mind to the positive things because we know God is in control no matter the test results. He has our future securely in his hands whether the results are positive or negative. Let’s set our minds on things above as we know the results are in the hands of our loving Father.