Leaves yellow on Honey Locusts fall like rain. Maple leaves lose their grip from branches and swim on windswept rivers. Everywhere under the high blue sky, homeowners rake leaves into bags and gutters. Winter is coming with its brisk days and gray dreary skies. Winter—a season that twists emotions and turns them disagreeable and depressed.
In the bible, Jeremiah writes about King Jehoiakim seated in his winter apartment warming himself with heat from a fire burning in a firepot. The king’s secretary brings him a scroll containing words penned by Jeremiah’s assistant, a scribe named Baruch, God’s words dictated to the prophet Jeremiah. The words warn the people of Judah to turn from their wicked ways. Important, life-changing God words! But what does the king do? He shreds the scroll and throws it into the firepot. Obviously, King Jehoiakim needed an attitude adjustment if he didn’t care about heeding these powerful words from God. And so do we need attitude adjusting when winter comes and lead us into Satan’s mood-altering traps.
Emotional winters chill our souls and leave us sad and cross. But God provides a way out. Paul explains it in Philippians 4:8. “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.” (Living Bible)
Paul knew, when he wrote those words, that it’s not always easy turning gloomy thoughts toward sunny ones. So, he reminds us, in verse 9, to practice. He says, “Keep putting into practice (what you have) learned . . . and the God of peace will be with you.”
So remember on gray winter days to practice. You might think of it this way: if you were in an airplane flying above the clouds you would see the sun shining brightly. So look upward with faith toward God. Set your sights beyond the clouds. Think about things that are pure and lovely. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad.
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