A Form of Deliverance

Since God’s ways are always right and good, I can trust that whatever happens, it represents a form of mercy and deliverance. I might not see it as such at the time, but the older I get and the more I trust God, the more quickly I can see how He works.

In Philippians 1, Paul says twice that what has happened to him (imprisonment, chains, distress) will turn out for his deliverance so that Christ will be exalted and the gospel advanced (12, 19).

We move through trials and even the more ordinary stuff of life knowing that God is working a form of deliverance that exalts Christ and advances the gospel.

Philippians 1:12- 21: I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. . . Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

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