Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. (Ephesians 6: 19,20)
The story is told of a farmer in Maine who was working in the fields when a stranger stopped by. “How much is your cow worth?” the stranger asked. Thinking for a minute, the farmer answered with a question of his own. “Tell me first, are you a tax assessor, or has my cow been killed by your car?”
In the Scripture passage for today, the apostle Paul has been bound and held for sharing the gospel. No one would have blamed him had he become discouraged or tempted to give up. Here he was, zealously doing what Jesus called him to do, only to end up in jail. But this man of God looked at things differently, considering himself an ambassador in chains. That is, he chose to view his bondage as an opportunity for service.
Life, indeed, is not always fair. We may never understand the ways of God in a particular situation. Thankfully, we know His heart and His promise to work all things for good in the lives of those who love Him.
There is great peace in surrendering our understanding and trusting God. He will never let us down.
This week as you inevitably face trials and frustrations in your Teen Parent ministries and in your own lives, ask God to give you a different perspective. Seek the opportunity in difficult situations as you focus on His love.
(From the Bible 365 IPhone App)
Jody, Pam, Renee, Mary Kay, Nancy