The only option
“According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” Philippians 1:20
I was going over some “options” in my thoughts about how God would answer my prayer and why it hadn’t happened yet. I thought I was talking to God about these thoughts, but in reality, I was trying to control the situation and worrying about it at the same time. I was looking for answers to questions I was having about why I wasn’t seeing the results I was praying for. Thoughts such as: Maybe the reason is because of something I have done? Maybe it’s because of something someone else had done? I had gone back and forth in my head for a little while when it was as if the Holy Spirit inside of me was saying, “Is that faith?” “No” I responded, “It’s the same trap I always fall into of trying to figure out why things aren’t happening as quickly or in the way I expected them to.” I quickly turned my words around to say,
“Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are at work in this situation. I have asked and followed the direction You have given to me. I believe You will bring the answer at just the right time and I don’t need to figure out how You are going to do it or why it hasn’t happened yet. I will no longer consider the options of what is going on below the surface and behind the scenes. I have confidence that You will never let me down because great is Your faithfulness! I will not be put to shame and Christ Jesus will be magnified in my life as You bring the answer out of the spirit world and into the natural.” Then the next time I thought about it or started to worry again, I prayed this same prayer all over again.
This was what the apostle Paul was talking about in today’s scripture reading. He said, “I know this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer!” How did he know that? He couldn’t see into the future any more than we can. It was his faith speaking. He believed that when prayer was lifted up to God, that God would answer, and the Lord Jesus would be magnified in his life. He actually goes on to speak the options he is considering. Whether he would live in the flesh or go on to be with Jesus and the amazing thing is that he was hard-pressed or conflicted about it. His desire to leave this world was as great as his desire to stay. Now that’s faith! He had so much confidence in God that whatever his future held, it was going to turn out for the furtherance of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Today I want to encourage you to have faith in God. When you take any of life’s circumstances to Him, believe that He will bring the answer at just the perfect time. After you pray and give control of the situation over to God, don’t consider the options that He may not answer, or He may not answer in the way you want Him to. Just go ahead and start thanking Him that you have given Him control of that problem and now it’s in His hands and He will bring the answer into the natural world at just the right time and Christ Jesus will be magnified through the entire process. Settle within your heart that faith in God is the only option!
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 1:19-26