“Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).
Things are going to happen to us. When they do, something is going to happen in us. When it does, things are going to happen through us. What happened to Paul was an unexpected imprisonment. What happened in Paul is an attitude that responds in hopeful and providential expectation. What happened through him was the furtherance of the gospel. It reminds us that external circumstances are uncontrollable; internal responses are memorable; and external consequences are immeasurable.