being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Written by: Jesse Flocken
The people of Philippi faced many hardships and I can only imagine their discouragement to find that Paul was in prison at the time. But their hope was not in Paul. Paul, rather than speaking of his challenges surrounding his immediate circumstances, instead chose to inspire hope by encouraging the church that God’s not done! He even goes beyond the circumstances or chalking it up to “a season of life” and says God will continue the good work He began to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!
No matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you, God loves you and has a purpose and plan for your life. Your circumstances are real, which is why Paul writes you can be confident God is not done with you as long as you’re breathing! Be encouraged in the fact God is the author of hope and provided the hope of the world, the church, and your life in and through the person of Jesus.
Thought of the day: How can you praise God and thank Him through your current circumstances? Who is someone you can encourage and offer hope to today? Send an encouraging text to a few people you are thankful for.
Prayer: Jesus, help me live in a way that others can’t help but see You. Jesus, I pray people will experience Your love in this place no matter who they are, what they’ve done, or what’s been done to them. Thank You for loving me at my best, at my worst, and everywhere in between! In Jesus’ name, amen.