As I was studying Philippians last week, and reading a commentary called Philippians the Story of God Bible Commentary, it was brought home to me in the first chapter how Paul, who is writing from prison makes little of his circumstances and much of God. He is in prison, yet he mentions it little, but praises God instead. He makes himself small and God big in the story of his life. His circumstances signify little in the grand, great plan of God. That is a good lesson to learn. The next thing I noticed was the flexibility of Paul in regards to his circumstances. He surely did not have the strategy to spend years in jail or in house arrest as a way to advance the gospel. I am sure his plans were more logical, yet he is adamant in agreeing with the plans of God so that the work of God is accomplished. I cannot believe that this came easily to a man as driven and ambitious as Paul seems to be, but I believe that as the Holy Spirit worked in him to change his character to be more like Christ that he came to understand more and more the passage in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight.” Two lessons in the first chapter! Thank you God for your servant Paul and how he leads us on the path toward knowing you.