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Day 5 – Issue 38

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Be Still Know

Philippians 1.12-13 NLT

‘And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. For everyone here, including the whole palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ.’

My chief memory of prison visits is the keys and the slamming of doors and I am sure that would have been just the same in Paul’s day. The lack of liberty must be terrible, and we have every reason to think that Paul’s years of incarceration would have been a degrading experience. But Paul has no time for moaning! He reflects that his time in prison has actually enabled the Good News of Jesus to be spread. Even the palace guard recognised that he was in prison because of his faith in Christ.

Paul’s various times in prison must have been desperately hard to bear, but he focuses on the fact that God has still been able to use him to spread the Good News. This reminds me of Joseph’s experience in the Old Testament. His brothers hated him so much that they intended to murder him but in the end they decided to sell him to some passing traders. They then went back to their father with Joseph’s coat of many colours drenched in goat’s blood claiming that he had been tragically killed. Joseph was taken to Egypt where his ability to interpret dreams finally led him to become one of the leaders of the land during a time of famine. In one of the most dramatic moments of the Bible, Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt in search of food and the official that they met was none other than Joseph himself. He summed up what had happened by saying this. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50.20) Joseph wasn’t saying that what they had done was acceptable. They had acted in a terrible way. But their actions hadn’t stood in the way of God’s purposes.

We all face many difficult times in life. We face tragedies, unfairness, illnesses and setbacks. But as we trust ourselves to God he is able to keep working miraculously in us as we commit ourselves to him.

QUESTION: Can you think of a bad experience in your life which God was able to turn into something good?

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you that you are at work in my life even when times are hard. Amen

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