From: AO Notes
None of the major events behind the beginning of the church in Philippi could have happened simply by the ingenuity of Paul and Silas.
It was God who:
Coffee/tea thought: God was behind the establishment of the church in Philippi. Let’s ponder the truth that this same God is still active in our churches and in our own lives.
Sometimes in my life I get the feeling that God is being more like a god and less like a father - like I’m getting some hard lessons minus the lovingness. This of course is not true, as God is God Our Father and is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I know this more than ever when I look at the relationship between my son and I. I am reminded of the dynamic between Our Father’s love for us and what our perspective should be. It is a beautiful reminder of the trust I should have in Him, the simple belief that all He says is true, regardless of how I may feel at the time.
Isn’t this what God our Father wants for our relationship with Him?
To trust Him unwaveringly. To depend on Him 100%. To not only believe that He knows what is good for you but to believe that He is fundamentally and unshakably good, even when He is silent sometimes, even when it feels like He is somewhere else and even in the midst of being pruned. To still come to Him with the faith and heart of a child.
Our church is called St Barnabas - "the encourager". Here's an fascinating essay on how information plays with our responses, and perhaps leaves us with some thoughts on how to really be "An encourager".
"Surely by the time Elijah wandered off into the desert to die, he would have been a hard guy to discourage. ..."
Full essay HERE.