“Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the Gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else” (Philippians 1:12-13).
When difficulties arise, our view often becomes myopic and narrow in scope; focusing on the misery of our present circumstances. While imprisoned, and facing the possibility of a death sentence, Paul’s perspective was that his circumstances were making possible the furtherance of the gospel. This “greater progress” came from a word originally associated with a group of woodcutters, who travelled ahead of a military unit cutting a road through what appeared to be an impenetrable forest. Your response to the sufferings of life may well be cutting a path through the hearts of people that you never imagined being reached with the gospel.