Knowing The Future
How good are you at resting in God for what is going to happen tomorrow?
I think I have an easier time with the future when I do not have a clue what is coming. When I have a clue, it leads me to have expectations which tend to get me into trouble.
I am a planner, to a fault, which helps me to be productive, but it also causes me not to handle the unknown challenges on the horizon as well as I should or could. I tend to freak out, then seek God’s peace. The better way would for me to begin with His peace. Dealing with the emotional aspects of the situations are much easier when His peace is guarding my heart and mind. Right?
Philippians 1:18b-20 ESV
Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
It seems to me that Paul was completely surrendered and at peace with whatever God’s will was for him at the time that he wrote this. He wanted to be with the believers at Philippi but if that was not what God had in mind he was okay with it. He did not seem to know what the future held for him, did he?
Let’s look at the last part of Verse 18:
“Yes, and I will rejoice…”
This is the end of the verses we looked at last time. Just before this Paul states that he will rejoice that the gospel is being proclaimed no matter what the motive. This part of the verse goes into the next sentence and paragraph. It opens this next paragraph with the fact that he will rejoice.
Now Verse 19:
“…for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance…”
Paul knew he was going to be delivered – set free – he just did not know how or when. He could be set free because his body was going to die and he would go be with Christ in heaven, or he could be set free by being released from prison.
And to the first part of Verse 20:
“…as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed…”
He wants to go into the future, no matter what it is, with strength, courage, faith, and peace in Christ. In doing that he knows that the Lord will be glorified.
To the rest of Verse 20:
“…but with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.”
As we often see stated, Paul’s main thing is to honor Christ in every way possible, even in his death.
Having Peace and Courage
This courage is only by the power of God, right? There is no way anyone just musters up the courage of which Paul speaks. I have seen this kind of power absolutely carry beautiful godly people through the most impossible situations with His beautiful courage on their heads and His beautiful peace in their eyes.
We can always know, that in whatever we face, God wants us to have this miraculous courage and peace carry us through it. We will be made more ready to walk in it as we grow and mature in our relationship with Him. He wants this for His glory and for our good.
Whatever you are facing today, know that Christ’s courage is there for you. Seek God to know Him. Seek God to love Him. And seek God to walk with Him in every situation.
Lord, I thank You for loving us and helping us to face situations that we cannot face alone. Please help us to seek You with all our hearts so that we can know You well. Make us what You want us to be and help us live totally surrendered to You. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.