August 30, 2020
Passage: Philippians 1:18-30

Times of hardship often causes us to look forward to the future where we contemplate what life will look like. We ask ourselves questions like, what will life look like? How will I cope? How will I live in this new reality of change and loss? This type of contemplation usually produces fear, anxiety, depression and dread. When the Apostle Paul was in chains in prison and he looked forward to the future, he was filled with joy and hope. Joy and hope resulted because Paul was focused on Jesus, and he knew his future was bright and hopeful because he knew he be saved and redeemed. Christians can experience the same hope and joy if they fix their eyes on Jesus as they look ahead to their future in Him.