“So here I am, an old man, a prisoner for Christ, making my loving appeal to you. It is on behalf of my child, whose spiritual father I became while here in prison; that is Onesimus. Formally he was not valuable to you, but now he is valuable to both of us. He is my very heart, and I’ve sent him back to you with this letter.” Philemon 1:10-12 TPT
Do I have spiritual parents pleading for me, like Paul was for Onesimus? I am thankful for the wisdom filled women that God has given me over the years. I pray for strong mentors in the life of my kids, who can fill the spaces that I can’t. My daughter has a youth leader who goes to battle for her mind. I have a Heavenly Father who is praying on my behalf. He knows when my heart has wondered and wants to see me reconciled back to him.
“I would have preferred to keep him here by my side so that he could take your place as my helper during my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel. However, I did not want to make this decision without your consent, so that your act of kindness would not be a matter of obligation but out of willingness. Perhaps you could think of it this way: he was separated from you for a short time so that you could have him back forever. So welcome him no longer as a slave, but more than that, as a dearly loved brother. He is that to me especially, and how much more so to you, both humanly speaking and in the Lord.” Philemon 1:13-16 NLT
Paul loved Onesimus, but he was willing to send him back to Philemon.
What do I need to let go of and trust the Lord with? Do I have faith that he can use every situation for good, like he did for Joseph?
“But he had already sent a man ahead of his people to Egypt; it was Joseph, who was sold as a slave. His feet were bruised by strong shackles and his soul was held by iron. God’s promise to Joseph purged his character until it was time for his dreams to come true. Eventually, the king of Egypt sent for him, setting him free at last.” Psalms 105:17-20 TPT
Thank you Father that you pursue me. That you don’t leave me where I am. Your heart aches when I wonder and you long for me to be restored back to you. You call me friend. I am grateful for your love. Amen.
“Don’t you ever forget his miracles and marvels. Hold to your heart every judgement he has decreed. For you are his servants, the true seed of Abraham, and you are the chosen ones, Jacob’s sons. For he is the Lord our God, and his wise authority can be seen in all he does. For though a thousand generations may pass away, he is still true to his word. He has kept every promise he made to Abraham and to Isaac.” Psalms 105:5-9 TPT