After Epaphroditus’ illness, and he had regained his health, Paul sent word to believers at the church at Philippi about his upcoming imprisonment in Rome, and of his optimistic outlook on whatever the future held for him. He admonished believers at the church of Philippi to imitate him. He wrote, “In everything by supplication and prayer to let their requests be made known to God and the peace of God which passes all understanding, will guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Then he admonished them to think on positive things, and to follow his example: for he had learned, and declared that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.
These words are comforting, but a challenge for me. Though my circumstances are not as serious as were those of Paul, I am struggling with trying to be content in the midst of my adversities. I realize patience is required and patience is not achieved overnight. I pray and wait, but thus far see no solution to my problems. But God is faithful and can be trusted! And He has promised to bring something good out of all things which He allows to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
After giving that promise, He gives us the assurance that nothing can separate us from the love of God and asks who can separate us from the love of God and then answers his own question.
Romans 8: 35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Prayer: Father, thank You in Jesus’ name for Your abiding Love and Presence.