This lost world calls out for our attention constantly so that we take our eyes off of our Lord. When Peter looked to Jesus in the storm, he was able to walk on water toward Him. But when he took his eyes of Jesus and looked instead at the stormy circumstances, he began to sink (Matt 14:28-31).

So we are encouraged to look to Jesus, who is able to walk above all our earthly circumstances, because everything on earth has been given to Him as His footstool. “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.” (Phil 4:8) This passage tells us to think and set our hearts upon the attributes of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus.

When we make it a daily practice to focus on our Lord instead of our circumstances, then we can truly “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil 4:4)