This concept transfers very nicely to meditating on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8 says to “meditate on it day and night”) or on focusing and thinking on what is honorable, right, and pure (Philippians 4:8).
It doesn’t, however, do well for bothersome thoughts. Over the years I have had multiple incidents where something was said, texted, or emailed, and I didn’t have a chance to talk about the issue with the person, but instead just think about it . . . it and all the possible meanings and innuendos and ramifications. In other words, I “let it stew.”
This never turns out well, does it? At least not for me. I worry, get angry, lose sleep, and for what? Something that may or may not have been meant, or something that may or may not even be an issue.
The Bible is very clear about not wasting your time and thought on these issues.
I Peters 5:7 tells us to “Cast all [our] anxiety on him because he cares for [us].”
Philippians 4:6 says to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation . . . present [our] requests to God.” With a thankful heart, mind you.
And Ephesians 4:26 tells us to “Not let the sun go down while [we]are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
Let’s not let the devil get even a sliver of an opportunity of taking away our peace or causing friction in our relationships. Let’s not “let it stew.”