“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Wear the Chain Bravely
(Please read Colossians 4:18)
Paul, along with many other early Christians, was in prison, in chains, several times. Naturally his bonds interfered with his work, even his writing. But if his friends remembered that he was bound, they would understand, would realize that he was not free to do as he liked, and would pray for him.
We all have bonds and need encouragement. The invalid is bound by his illness, the business man by the requirements of his job, the mother by her need to look after her children, the poor by their poverty, and so on.
It wasn’t that Paul was disgraced by his chains. He was in prison not because he had some wrong but because he would not do wrong. Neither are our bonds disgraceful (unless caused by our own wrongdoing), and they should be borne patiently.
Some of Paul’s great work was done while he was in chains. He was a prisoner when he got to preach to the Philippian jailer, and to Felix, Festus, Agrippa, Onesimus and Caesar’s household. And his imprisonment gave others more courage to preach boldly (see Philippians 1:14).
Since we are poor judges of ultimate results, it is altogether possible that in the day of final reckoning we will be surprised at the far-reaching benefits of the labors of those who think they are doing very little due the limitations in their lives.
If you’re chafing under your “chains” today, please try to bear them as Paul did, and ask the Lord’s help in your efforts for good. Surely he will bless you.