In the world but not of it

March 2, 2010

Prison power…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return. 2 Timothy 1:12

Some of God’s greatest work has been done thru men who found themselves in prison. From Joseph to Peter to Paul the Bible gives us several examples where men in prison found themselves closer to the Lord than ever before and it was there that we see their perspective and expectation shaped and molded into the image of Christ.

It was the time in prison that Joseph’s character was ironed out and prepared for the great role of leadership God has planned for him. It was in prison that Paul and Silas worshiped the Lord and allowed Him to work through their lives because they saw God in their dire circumstances.

It was in prison where Peter had an angel visit him, set him free and through it the faith of those praying for Peter was built up when he came knocking. It was these experiences that we see these men of God trusting Him.

Although possible, the chances that you are reading this from a prison today are somewhat slim. So many of us feel imprisoned in our situations today. We feel trapped in our jobs. We feel trapped in our relationships. We see the circumstances of our lives and at time feel like we are in a prison. For some it is finances and for others health issues. All of us at some time or another experience situations that stir up the feeling of being imprisoned, in other words, in a no way out situation.

But look at Paul’s statement here in this passage. He knew the one in whom he had placed his trust. He had experienced God’s faithfulness (reliability) to come through on several occasions. He knew that there was no situation on earth that God could not change if He wanted to.

Do we really know that today and believe it? Do we truly realize that God can change our circumstances in an instant and that He is not imprisoned or trapped or bound so that He cannot act? God’s boundaries are endless as are His ways of solving the issues and challenges in our lives. We are where we are because He is seeking to deepen us and bring out those things in our lives that other circumstances could never produce.

Not many people really love diet and exercise and the sacrifices they must make but the day they look in the mirror, or get the results back from their tests or hear that compliment they rejoice at the fruit of their labor.

They see that the sacrifice produced better than expected results. If we have such simple worldly analogies to understand then how much more should we acknowledge today that our prison, whatever it may be, is a gateway to the next chapter in life.

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