From Handbook to Scripture, Day 298
READING: PHILIPPIANS 1
Philippians is an epistle of joy and encouragement that inspires its readers to focus their thoughts and actions on the pursuit of Christ. When our joy is threatened by adverse circumstances (chapter 1), disunity among people (chapter 2), the quest for accomplishments (chapter 3), or anxiety (chapter 4), this letter is a powerful tool that can help us get our eyes back on Jesus. Only by pursuing Jesus first will we discover the peace and contentment that comes from God.
Paul begins this epistle with a word of thanksgiving for the Philippians and a prayer for their spiritual growth in love and discernment (1:1–11). He then tells them about his imprisonment, the progress of the gospel, and his openness to either outcome (exoneration or execution) in his trial (1:12–26). This chapter concludes with an exhortation to contend for the gospel in the face of persecution (1:27–30).
Prayer: Lord, may my love abound more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that I may approve the things that are excellent in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.
Meditation passage: verses 6, 9–11, 21
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
We Will Be Satisfied
Lord God, in this life I can only see in a mirror dimly and I can only know in part. I cannot know fully just as I have been fully known by You, but the time is coming soon when I will see You face to face. In that glorious day when I stand before You by the grace and merit of Christ, my questions will be answered and I will be satisfied. I will fully proclaim that You have done all things well. It is good for me, Lord, to reflect on that future reality so that I can contextualize my circumstances in this present darkness. It is also good for me to review Your faithfulness to Your people in the past in spite of their disobedience, and to review Your many blessings and mercies in my own life’s journey. Then, as I look back on what You have done and look ahead to what You will do, I will grow in confidence in what You are doing today.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Character I Want to Cultivate—Godliness and Reverence
I will honor the Lord with my wealth and with the firstfruits of all my increase. (Proverbs 3:9)
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Proverbs 4:18–19)
I will let my eyes look straight ahead, and fix my gaze straight before me. I will ponder the path of my feet so that all my ways will be established. I will not turn to the right or to the left but keep my foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25–27)
The ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He examines all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21)
The prospect of the righteous is joyful, but the hopes of the wicked will perish. (Proverbs 10:28)
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death. (Proverbs 11:4)