Philippians 1:12, “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,”
Paul was bound in chains. Imprisoned. Yet he was confident. Confident that what had happened to him assisted in advancing the gospel.
v.13b “so that it has become known…that my imprisonment is for Christ.”
Has what happened to us making known our Savior to those around us? That’s something to ponder…
In verse 18 Paul made a decision to rejoice.
“18What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,…
He didn’t wait to see how things would work out before deciding to rejoice or deciding about his faith…that whether by death or life, Christ WILL be honored. His decision was made.
But if we are honest, too often, we want to wait and see how things would work out, we want to know answers before fully trusting.
Trust requires that we have some unanswered questions and unanswered prayers. Ouch! I know that’s painful…
…for the past 27 months I’ve been a patient at Florida Cancer Specialists undergoing treatment for a blood issue as well as a few serious melanoma skin cancers. (I have had other health issues so more of a specific diagnosis is currently underway.) I’ve had several minor and a few major surgeries. I’ve had x-ray’s, MRI’s, cat scans, ultrasounds, almost every test ending in “oscopy,” biopsies, screenings for diseases/disorders, transfusions and the list continues.
I am sure you too have had some awful things happen to you. God does not play favorites. He doesn’t love me any less than any other healthy 30 something year old. God loves us ALL extravagantly. He doesn’t let our lives be engulfed by awful things because we didn’t make it to church on Sunday morning or didn’t pray the right words. He hears each desperate heart cry and He bottles our every tear. He is sovereign, still on His throne and still at work. He has plans for my life and yours…plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
We have a decision to make.
Like Paul, are we willing to leverage it all?
Can we be confident that God is more than able to redeem our situations and bring us through these difficult times?
Let’s submit those things to the advancement of the gospel and when we do so THAT is where we see them redeemed.
As we worship in our waiting, our situations may not change, but our perspective will if we let it and as our perspective changes we will begin to understand and see how every situation serves a purpose. There IS purpose for all those awful things that has happened to you. Nothing is wasted with God.
“for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.” Philippians 1:19