“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;” Philippians 1:12Text — Philippians 1:12-18
In January 1956, a group of five missionaries attempted to bring Christianity to the Waodani people of Ecuador. These people, also known as Aucas, were an isolated tribe known for their violence against outsiders who entered their territory. It was said that no one had ever engaged this tribe without being killed. With the intention of sharing the love of Jesus, the missionaries flew to the jungle and established a camp there. Their efforts came to an end on January 8, 1956, when all five were attacked and killed by a group among the Auca tribe.
The death of the missionaries led to greater effort in evangelizing the Auca tribe. Eventually, most of the villagers, including six out of those who killed the missionaries accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord. Today, the church is well established in that region. God worked through the sacrifice of His servants to bring good out of a bad situation.
Apostle Paul suffered greatly because of the gospel. He was arrested and locked up in the prison which seems to be a bad situation.
However, God brought out good result from his experience by saving the jailor and his family. Apostle Paul was able to testify that, through his sufferings, many souls were won to the Lord, believers were strengthened and the church of Christ grew both spiritually and numerically. Whatever situation you are passing through now, whether bad or uncomfortable, look unto Jesus, He will work out everything and bring good out of it on your behalf. Never you give up, only believe.
Prayer for today
Lord, help me to see beyond my present bad situation and trust in You for a brighter tomorrow.