I have been working on memorizing Philippians 1:1-21 and it is taking a loooooong time! The thing I love about memorizing verses is how God will use them in my life. There is an understanding that only comes with use. Kind of like chocolate. You don’t understand how good it is until you eat it!
With these verses, though, I was a little nervous! These are about suffering because you are a follower of Christ.
However, God is good, and the day I started memorizing these, I also read Proverbs 24:10 “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”
I copied the verse in my journal, highlighted it, prayed, and all that good stuff, because one of my goals in my walk with Christ this year is to let Him be my strength. I am tired of relying on myself.
My note says, “My walk will not always be easy and I can’t quit just because it gets hard. He promises His strength and He will never leave me nor forsake me.”
Through that I was able to understand a little better what God was saying through Paul in Philippians. See, it is all about perspective. His focus was on God and Christ. He was more concerned with Christ being magnified than he was with his own sufferings. I know that is how Paul was able to “Rejoice in the Lord alway” and boldly claim, ” For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Instead of shutting down and turning from His Saviour, Paul was able to continue to grow, glow, and go!
We should all have that goal. Sure, it is easy for me to say that because right now all is well, but I have walked through trials, and I will again. It is part of the Christian life. But when I do, I do not want to just say, “I count it all joy”, I want to mean it!
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21. I am married to an incredible man. He constantly challenges me to grow closer to my Saviour. We have three beautiful children that love the Lord. Currently, our family is preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries.