You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
22 Whom [hos] I have sent [pempo] unto [pros] you [humas] for [eis] the same [autos] purpose, [touto] that [hina] ye might know [ginosko] our
[hemon] affairs, [peri] and [kai] that he might
comfort [parakaleo] your [humon] hearts. [kardia] KJV-Interlinear
22 And I
have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know about us, and
that he may comfort your hearts. NASB
To those who are without a spiritual life or even a functional spiritual life, then life in this world is delusional at best.
To those who lack contact with God in any manner, if their life is under suffering, under incarceration, under stress of any kind, then they lose not only now, but throughout eternity if they persist in their anti-God attitude.
But to those who have God, have salvation, have spiritual growth, then no matter what their circumstances, life is good, because they have a definite future and destiny.
Paul, not unlike so many others, was incarcerated and sentenced to death. For him there was not going to be any way out of that situation. And most certainly he prayed for some form of relief or deliverance from his imprisonment and for a better life, but that was not going to be.
Most everyone prays for better things, for a better life, for better circumstances, and that is only natural and certainly legitimate. But, God has a plan for each one of us, and though we may not see that purpose at any given point in our life, we can all see our purpose in hindsight when it is all over.
Paul remained positive. Paul remained active. Paul remained productive. He studied and wrote and kept in communication with everyone possible. He had messengers and sent them to and fro, delivering his letters, as well as news of his condition.
Paul did not fall into the poor-me trap. He did not cry about his situation. He did not quit on life. He took a bad situation and made it work for himself and others.
And so we all have circumstances and certainly ample opportunity to complain and feel sorry, and even quit on life. But is that what God intends? Should we not look at our situation and figure out what it is that we should be doing that is positive and productive?
You know you better than anyone, but God knows you better than you, so take a good look at yourself and ask the question. Why are you in this situation? What can or should you be doing to make it positive and productive for you or for someone else?
Certainly your Bible study should be a priority, but there are twenty-four hours in the day and we all know that you do not study around the clock. So what else can you or should you be doing?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.