Today's Devotional Thought
January 04, 2010 by Wendy Foreman
The book of Philippians is a letter written to the church in Philippi from Paul while he is in prison. Paul loved this church and had spent much time with them. In his absence he sent this letter to encourage them. As in any church there are divisions and disagreements, and in the first part of these verses, Paul is speaking to them of obedience and to working out their salvation which I believe is speaking of making the right choices. With Paul being gone, they are left to searching and seeking what Christ would have them to do rather then going to Paul and drawing from his wisdom. I think this is very important.
In the church of today I think that we depend so heavily on our leaders to give us wisdom and direction on what is right and good. This is not always wrong, but as believers, we need to focus our attention on the Lord and ask for wisdom and direction on our own. We see so many leaders that fall and we are left devastated. Our focus needs to be on Christ and not people. When we seek His divine wisdom He will guide and direct us in doing His will.
This leads me to the end of these verses … “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” As I have studied this particular verse, I have come to the understanding that it was talking once again about obedience in doing the will of God. Now sometimes we don’t always feel like obeying God. Maybe we have come through something very difficult and we are tired and weary and feel like we just can’t carry on with what God is calling us to.
Here is what I love about the Lord: He has not left us alone. God longs to walk along side us to help us do His will and obey what He is calling us to. We, as his children, need to learn to lean on Him and gain His strength to carry on in life. When we can do this, we will have changed lives.
The hardest part in all of this, I am learning, is giving God control. To gain His strength, we need to be in the Word and we need to be praying earnestly, seeking the strength we need to fulfill his purpose in our lives.
My prayer for you today and in this new year is that you will earnestly seek what God’s will is for your life and press forward in your Christian journey to do the amazing things that God has called you to do.