Living above circumstances
For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. 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. And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear. Philippians 1:10-14
From our text, the Apostle Paul was expressing the joy of knowing that his life was lived for the glory of God. Even when he looked at what he has been through, with all the difficulties he went through, everything had happened so that the message of salvation would continue to spread. Did he feel discouraged when he was going through difficulties in life? Yes, this is what he felt when he thought that he might lose his life because of the trials he went through. “...about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia, we were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it” (2 Corinthians 1:8). He had a different perspective about the difficulties he went through because his focus was on the Lord. Just like Paul, our focus should be on Christ even in our life’s trials because He alone has the ability to help us handle whatever we are facing. When we submit to His working and leading, we are allowing Him to work in a miraculous way. When we find ourselves needing counsel from others, be sure what we are hearing aligns with God’s Word. Realize that His word is your final authority. After seeking godly counsel, King David spent time alone with God in prayer. “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed” (2 Samuel 7:18). It is not fun to go through trials and difficulties in life. Nevertheless, when you are going through trials, do not hesitate to come to God. In prayer, ask Him to let you experience His presence and to show you what He wants you to learn from the circumstance you are going through. Be sure that your desire is to learn and be able to apply the lessons learned. Just like Paul, you can live above your circumstances because you have set your mind to God and not on the trial.
Noel De Guzman