And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.
After years of great missionary travels, planting churches, seeing miracle after miracle, the apostle Paul spent the last years of his life in prison. He could have been sour, thinking, “Man, is this how it’s going to end? Stuck in a prison?” But Paul knew the prison couldn’t keep his gifts from coming out. While he was in captivity, he wrote several books of the Bible that would encourage us two thousand years later. He gave us Scriptures that we all quote today: “I can do all things through Christ. God will do exceedingly abundantly above what we ask or think. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” Paul didn’t sit around complaining in the prison; he flourished in the prison.
If Paul were here, he would tell you that you can prosper wherever you’re planted. Use your gifts, stretch your faith, and you’ll see favor. You don’t have to wait until everything is perfect. You can flourish in the trouble, see favor in the famine, be promoted in the downturn.
Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that You are the Most High God and that Your work in my life is greater than any of the forces that might try to hold me back. Thank You that I can flourish wherever I am planted. I believe that Your Word cannot be bound in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”