Philippians 1:1-2 – Peace to You

Read Philippians 1:1-2

I’m super excited to be spending quiet time with God and reflecting on Philippians. It’s one of my favorite books of the Bible. So many gems of wisdom and encouragement. As we walk through this Book together, please share your thoughts and insights as if we were sitting over a cup of coffee/tea.

This epistle, or letter from Paul and Timothy, is directed to those living in Philippi. While the city is now in ruin, it was at the time a very strategic city. Philippi was a commercial center sitting at the intersection of two continents: Europe and Asia. We as Christians are also strategically placed in life to bring witness to our non-believing brothers and sisters. We will see that the Gospel is for everyone, and meant as an encouragement.

I think you’ll agree that the tone of this letter is very encouraging. It is not a letter of condemnation or rebuke, but of thanksgiving. We all need a little (or a lot) of that in our hearts. Another cool thing I learned about this book is that the word “JOY” in noun or verb form appears 16 times. Being able to experience joy amidst struggle is what helped Paul endure many times of trial. We can experience joy, too.

Look at how this letter starts.  May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” What a great welcome line. You’ll find similar welcome lines in all of Paul’s letters to the people (to us). What better prayer than for God to give us grace and peace!

This letter is a great example of relationship building. I’m guessing the folks who first read Paul’s words would never have imagined this be included in Holy Scripture. My plan is to take it in small chunks so we can really explore Paul’s message to us.

Who do you know in your circle of friends that needs a word of peace from God today? Maybe you want to invite them to read these devotionals along with you? There is so much going on in our lives that peace often eludes us. How do you shut it out? What do you do to find that quiet place to be with Jesus?

For me, there is a peace that washes over me when I intentionally sit down with my Bible, my laptop, or a pad and paper. There are noises going on, restless dogs, street music and car horns, birds chirping, and horses neighing. This is Mexico and to find a quiet place in town is not going to happen. Instead, I embrace it and rest in the joy of the Lord, knowing he has brought me to this beautiful place. Time with him is precious and refreshing.

Work on your own quiet time location. Find that perfect, comfortable place where you can cuddle up with God.

Let’s pray. Father God I thank you for these moments of stillness, not n necessarily quiet. I cherish the time I spend with you. Thank you for the love and encouragement you provide for me. I praise your name and want to shout your praise all over this land. May your peace fill my heart today. May your word wash over me and reveal itself in new and exciting ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Philippians 1:1-2 – Peace to You”

  1. What a wonderful gift of writing you have!! I know you are a precious
    daughter but didn’t know about all your skills. Yes, I’ve read everyone
    of your “helps” since you told me what you were doing. I’m really looking forward to Philippians. It’s always been a favorite to me also.
    God bless your work!
    Love, Mom

  2. Hi Dana, I’m excited to begin this journey with you.
    I think I’m a little behind, but that’s ok.
    You were discussing finding a quite place….
    I once heard a speaker talking about Elizabeth Elliot trying to find quiet time with God. She could get away from the children, so she just covered her head with an apron and prayed there. That was her quiet place.
    I don’t know if this story is true, but that’s what I heard.
    Surrendered to Him,
    Randy Redington

    1. Hey Randy! Under an apron, under a table, in a closet. The key – focus on God and avoid distraction. Enjoy the posts! You may need to enter your email again. There was a glitch in the system!

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