1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—
If you can’t believe that God is involved in your circumstances, you will react instead of responding to what God is doing in you and through you.
Learn from the Apostle Paul.
Just as he did with every circumstance of his life, Paul chose to interpret this trying period in the reality of Christ. This is why, even though he was languishing in a prison, Paul proudly described how he was “the prisoner of Christ”, and not a prisoner of Rome. Rather than feeling trapped and stuck, Paul made good use of the opportunity to pen a number of beautifully inspired epistles to encourage the Gentile believers whom he had won for Christ.
God uses circumstances to reveal what you really believe about Him, and whether you can truly trust Him even when you can’t figure out why you are where you are right now. You can never be a victim of circumstance when you know who is in charge of your life.
Instead of being a worrier, become a worshipper.
While worry causes stress, worship brings rest.
Rest is the God-given ability to look at life and everything from God’s side of reality. It is the implicit trust that, no matter what happens in your life, God is working out everything for your good. While most people assume that the prison would have taken away Paul’s chance to impact lives, the truth is it actually set him in a place of greater influence, so that even today we are still blessed by those “prison letters” he wrote to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
Do not underestimate what you have in Christ, in spite of your circumstances.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®.
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.