It is easy for us to lose ourselves in difficulty. We somehow lose our joy, our perspective, and even see our faith shaken. We become very self-focused and develop tunnel vision, unable to see beyond what is troubling us.
It doesn’t, however, need to be like this.
As we grow in our relationship with Jesus, as we abide in Him, we are changed from the inside out. As Holy Spirit conforms us more closely into the image of Christ each day, our perspective on difficult circumstances and trials begins to shift.
When Paul was in jail he wasn’t focused on his chains but on his blessings.
• God - the blessing of personally knowing the Father, Son, and Spirit is more than enough to produce joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment.
• Grace and peace afforded to him through knowing God.
• He had gratitude for the people in his life.
Paul knew it was a blessing to be used by God to point others to Jesus, to be used to bring people to salvation; whether on the mountaintop or in the valley, or in a palace or prison cell.
May our testimony be the same as Paul's, "Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel." (Philippians 1:12)
Have a wonderful day.
Mike and Daphne