Friday, October 19, 2018
"But it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body, Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith." Philippians 1:24-25 NIV
I'm glad Paul knows why he is to stay. He has work to do, and people to encourage and bless. He has churches to visit, and another missionary journey to take. The preaching of the Gospel is in its beginning stages.
It would have been selfish of him to say to God, I would like to come home now. Would God have done this if Paul asked? I don't think so. Perhaps Paul is sad at this point not knowing when he will be released. He may miss his friends, and want some decent food.
He couldn't text his favorite restaurant and have them deliver. I imagine he didn't get steak in prison either. Life wasn't good at the moment, but it would get better. He seems to say in this verse he will be with them again.
Was this a wish or had God dropped this truth into his heart? No matter what the important thing is he is released, and lives to do many more wonders through the Spirit of God. Many you have wondered what God has ahead for you?
I have found life with Jesus continues to get better as time moves on. I don't know much, and I know less than I used to. I used to think I knew everything, but I have overcome these thoughts. No, I don't have all the answers.
I don't want to know all the answers either. I want to learn and grow in understanding, but I have found it is best to stay close by the Lord's side, a listen to what He wants to tell me.
He has a lot to say to us. Maybe He will speak to you about prayer, or a relationship that needs fixing. Maybe, all He wants to tell you is how much He loves you! He will say this over and over because it's true!