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Situation Excellent

At the First Battle of the Marne during World War I, French lieutenant general Ferdinand Foch sent out this communiqué: “My center is giving way, my right is retreating. Situation excellent. I am attacking.” His willingness to see hope in a tough situation eventually led to victory for his troops.

Sometimes in life’s battles we can feel as if we are losing on every front. Family discord, business setbacks, financial woes, or a decline in health can put a pessimistic spin on the way we look at life. But the believer in Christ can always find a way to conclude: “Situation excellent.”

Look at Paul. When he was thrown in prison for preaching the gospel, he had an unusually upbeat attitude. To the church at Philippi he wrote, “I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel” (Phil. 1:12).

Paul saw his prison situation as a new platform from which to evangelize the Roman palace guard. In addition, other Christians became emboldened by his situation to preach the gospel more fearlessly (vv.13-14).

God can use our trials to work good in spite of the pain they bring (Rom. 8:28). That’s just one more way He can be honored.

Comfort us, Lord, when life’s trials assail—
we fail and stumble so often. Renew us, and
help us to grow so that others may also
know Your goodness and comfort.
Trials can be God’s road to triumph.

Insight

In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul addressed a congregation he had helped establish. After receiving a call from God to go to Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10), Paul and his companions left Asia Minor (Turkey) for Philippi in northern Greece. There the first European convert came to Christ and the first European church was planted.

  1. abenaag says:

    God uses our trials and tribulations to shape us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. May God cause us to humbly submit to His will.

  2. bevy says:

    How easy it is to forget that our tough times in life can be used for the good.

  3. llamisi01 says:

    Situation awesome! There’s always gonna be light at the end of the tunnel. Thank God for his awesome words.

  4. panegyric says:

    As one currently going through a trial at work I can appreciate the message in today’s devotion.

  5. aristocratprince says:

    i read that in order for us to become closer to God. We should always be humble inspite of the trials and challenges we encounter. Even if we dont understand why challenges have occured , we simply say to God that even if we dont understand we still need to trust in Him. Believing that He has good plans set for us, our trials are sometimes necessary to make Gods plan more meaningful for us.

  6. teway14 says:

    Will we praise him in our storms…

  7. ysloan says:

    I can now see how life’s struggles have made me strong. Past relationships and family issues made me feel alone and sad. Situation Excellent teaches life trials are not in vein, but for the glory of God who brings us through these trails. Glory to God!

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