by Rev Joel Yong
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
Matthew Henry writes- “The apostle was a prisoner at Rome; and to take off the offence of the cross, he shows the wisdom and goodness of God in his sufferings. These things made him known, where he would never have otherwise been known; and led some to inquire after the gospel. He suffered from false friends, as well as from enemies.”
You see, Paul did not let his suffering discourage him.
He looked upon it in retrospect and realized that because of the ordeal, the gospel got to be preached in a wider circle than if he had not suffered.
Sometimes we let our problems blind us to the hand of God working in our lives.
We see only the obstacle and not the larger plan that God has for us. And we get frustrated and end up halting our journey at the foot of the obstacle, instead of trusting God to use it for His purpose.
What situations are you facing right now?
Do you believe that God has a plan for you still?
And do you believe that it is in the midst of this suffering that He is doing His work and unveiling His plan for your life so that the Good News might be preached through what you do and how you act?