Philippians 2:24

24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.

Timothy followed the example of a trusted mentor who had sent him with a message and could be trusted to speak as a person who had the mind of Christ. Christ, as a servant, served God with “unparalleled humility, unreserved obedience and unquestioned victory.” He knew what He was sent to accomplish, and He did it completely. Devoted shepherds feed and protect those who are in their care. To have the mind of Christ is not impossible. The Lord said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” The strength of character is associated with meekness, and lowliness of mind makes us approachable. These characteristics are needed in those who lead and love the Lord’s people.

Epaphroditus was a different kind of man than Timothy. His name links him to Aphrodite (to the Greeks, Venus to the Romans) the goddess. He had probably not come from a sheltered background like Timothy but a very ungodly background. To come from darkness to light and the power of Satan to God would have been very real and personal to this man. Paul refers to him as my brother, making reference to the same interests and same affections. He is also called “my fellow-laborer” which would tell us he was no by-stander to the work of the Lord, but was personally involved in it. As a fellow-soldier his commitment to the work indicates he was able to successfully engage in the conflict for the souls of men and the strengthening of saints. He was obviously a balanced Christian with a burden for the blessing of the people of God.

We have plans that we hope are in the current of God’s will.
Some we are sure of, others we are praying about still.
It is not wrong to lay plans as long as we remember
God has a master plan that will go on forever.
It would be foolish and arrogant of me to demand
My plans are carved in stone and no one ever can
Change them or alter what I thought was best –
And not consider the interests of all of the rest
Who are influenced or involved in the outcome expected;
So I will rest in hopeful anticipation, knowing my plans can be rejected.

Because a thing doesn’t come to pass doesn’t mean it was wrong.
To anticipate with interest means I’m willing to look beyond
What is happening now and look into the future –
Trusting God and praying there might be some way to nurture
A hope that is within that I think would bring honor to God,
And fulfill a general purpose that is taught in His Word.
So I will continue to act in kind of a joyful anticipation
Of God doing a remarkable work to help this situation,
And keep burning a light that has glowed for over 100 years.
We will anticipate the result, and be thankful God still answers prayer.

“Father in heaven, You heard our united prayers last night and know our need far better than we do. I know Thy purposes and plans are not known by us in this matter. So we will continue to pray and work as best we can in the circumstances that surround us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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