DELIVERANCE FROM TEMPORARY DISTRESS
I know this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
~ PHILIPPIANS 1:19
Today’s verse shows the value of confident trust in God. Paul knew his current distress was only temporary and that he would be delivered from it.
Why was Paul convinced of his deliverance? His statement, “I know this will turn out for my deliverance” is a quote of the Greek version of Job 13:16. Job was a righteous man who suffered greatly, yet he was delivered because God always delivers the righteous. Job said, “After my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God” (Job 19:26). He knew that either temporally or eternally God would deliver him.
Paul knew he could trust God to deliver him just as God had delivered Job. He was confident his circumstances would work out for good, whether he was released from prison, vindicated at his trial, and delivered from execution or passed into glory as a martyr. You May not face the same trials as Paul, but whatever your circumstances, the same confident trust is available to you.