Daily Devotions


Day 48

"But I trust in the Lord Jesus..."

Text: Philippians 2:19


The apostle Paul maintained a strong and vibrant relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This is evident in the way he had developed his faith in Him.

1. Conversion

a) Paul’s conversion was so very real and precious.
b) It marked the way in which he conducted his life subsequently.

2. Continuation

a) Paul sought to cultivate his knowledge of the Lord.
b) God in turn revealed many great and wonderful truths to him.

3. Communion

a) Paul communed with God in prayer.
b) Prayer was never a ritual to God; it was a refreshing time of communion every time.


Paul also had a strong sense of fellowship with the Philippians. This is evident as we read the epistle to the Philippians.

“But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly,
that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.”

Philippians 2:19

1. “But I trust in the Lord Jesus”

a) The Master and servant relationship was always well-maintained.
b) The word “trust” (Greek “elpizo”) is usually translated “hope”.
c) Paul is expressing hope that he would be able to send Timothy to the Philippians, if this is in keeping with the will of the Lord Jesus.

2. “Timothy”

a) He would be sent as Paul’s emissary.
b) Timothy was there when Paul founded the church in Philippi (Acts 16).

3. “That I also may be encouraged when I know your state”

a) Paul had a very practical and loving concern for the well-being of the Philippians.
b) He felt that he would be greatly encouraged if he knew that the Philippians were doing well.
c) For this reason he hoped to send Timothy to minister to the Philippians on his behalf.
d) The word “encouraged” (Greek “eupsuche”) means “a good and happy spirit”.