Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right … if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Philippians 4:8

We see an example of this when Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead (Hebrews 11:19). Abraham had never seen God raise the dead but he was thinking about what was true. He knew that nothing was impossible to God and that Sarah had given birth when she was well beyond child-bearing age.

In difficult times it helps if we focus on those things God can do rather than on all the problems. God can raise the dead. He can calm the storms. He can make time standstill. He can create everything or anything out of nothing. He can restore the years the locusts have eaten away. Nothing is too difficult for God. He can make a way when there appears to be no way.

Thinking about the positives helps encourage our faith and promotes creative ideas. If we think something is a lost cause our minds don’t even consider a positive outcome. If we need to forgive someone, we can think of the positives. Often, people who hurt us have no idea they have done so, it helps to say, like Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

If our prayers seem unanswered, we can remember trials come so that our faith may be proved genuine (1 Peter 1:7). We think about the truth that God has something good in mind. God is treating us like true sons and daughters and not illegitimate children (Hebrews 12:8).

Today I would encourage you to think about those things which are true, noble, right and generally positive.