Philippians 4: 4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Paul had experienced many hardships; yet he was able to rejoice in the Lord and tell others not to be anxious about anything and admonish them to continue praying and making their requests to God. How was Paul able to do that? Because he had been in precarious situations and God had not forsaken him. Though he was in prison when he wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, these letters contain some very encouraging words to others.
Perhaps you have heard experience is the best teacher, and Paul knew from his past experiences that to be true. I also know that to be true, and although some situations were, and continue to be difficult, I have not suffered like Paul did, and certainly not like my Savior suffered to make my salvation possible.
Although restricted to this upstairs apartment, I truly think God is using my life to touch others in more ways than when younger and busy with other activities. If so, thanks, Lord!
Heavenly Father, I am determined while restricted in activities not to allow Satan to convince me while living with restrictions to use that as an excuse not to serve God. I love you and thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.