Some think Paul and Timothy first visited the church at Philippi in Greece during Paul’s second missionary journey probably between 49 and 51 A.D. This church is thought to be the first location of a Christian church in Europe.
It appears the Philippians had sent Epaphroditus with a contribution as an expression of their love and concern, but while traveling he became seriously ill. Then after he had recovered from the illness, Paul sent word to the Philippians about his approaching imprisonment at Rome, but he wanted them to know what had happened to him had served to advance the gospel of Christ Jesus.
With assurance, he writes that whatever happens, he can rejoice because he knows through their prayers and help of the Spirit of Jesus all will be turned into his deliverance, and Christ will be honored in his body whether by his life or death. Then he continued by saying he is hard pressed: for he would like to depart and be with Jesus, but it is more necessary that he remain on their account.
During my days of waiting and testing, some promises in the letter to believers at Philippi have become so important to me that I’ve been reading some of those promises each morning and asking God to apply the promises to my life. And though I have not learned to rejoice in all my difficult circumstances, I believe God is using these hard situations for my Christian maturity and I shall be victorious.
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in me, will perform it until that day.” Philippians 1: 6. (Me substituted for you.)
My prayer: Heavenly Father, as You know during several years these words have become very important in knowing why You are allowing me to live such a long life. I am trying to continue my service to You and it is not unnoticed by You. Thank You and since Jesus made this possible, I pray and thank You in His name. Amen