I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
(Philippians 2:19-24 ESV)
This next section of Paul’s letter to the Philippians contains details of Paul’s immediate plans and may, at first glance, seem to not be so useful for us to study today. But every word in the Bible was placed there for a reason and all of Scripture is useful [2 Timothy 3:16].
Paul planned to send Timothy, his protégé, to the Philippians but only if it was God’s will (“I hope in the Lord Jesus”). He hoped to come also but again only if it was God’s will (“I trust in the Lord”). Paul was totally submitted to the will of Jesus in his life. He didn’t make a decision without first consulting God about it.
Its very common for Christians to “plan” then “pray”. We make plans for our life and then pray and ask God to bless those plans so things turn out good. But that is the complete opposite of what we should be doing. We should “pray” then “plan”. We should pray to God about His will for our lives. It is only after we receive His answer that we should plan.
This is more difficult because it means that our gratification is delayed as we wait on God’s response. It also means that we have to give up control of our lives. Neither of these is easy for humans to do. We want to run our own lives and we want what we want right now.
None of us can run our lives effectively. We may think we can. But we can’t. The reason our world is so messed up is we don’t stop and seek God’s advice before acting. For the most part our leaders don’t recognize God’s omniscience and sovereignty at all. Most don’t even recognize His existence.
So we make decisions that we think are going to result in progress and success only to find out those decisions are wrought with issues. An inordinate number of our decisions are made simply to correct or adjust previous decisions.
But any decision from God never needs adjusting. If we would only learn to turn to Him and submit to His will, our lives would be much better. We would discover that His will is good, perfect, and pleasing [Romans 12:2].
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