In Philippians 1:19-21 Paul wrote of his confident rest in the Lord. There we find, “For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
When Paul wrote these words he was under house arrest in Rome. We can see by his verbiage he did not know if he would be released or be executed. However, if execution was his fate, because of his hope in Christ he would be able to face what was ahead – whether it was life or death. When we rest in Christ and the hope we have in Christ, we can face the future whatever it may be. We prepare for the future but we must not forget to live today.
In conclusion, consider these great verses of Scripture.
“Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”