10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
Paul never ceases to rejoice. It didn’t matter what he was going through, or where he was, Paul loved to praise the Lord. From a prison cell he praised him. As the ship was going down, he prayed. Here he is shut up in a Roman prison, and he rejoices in he Lord greatly! Let us have that same attitude of praise. That nothing will keep us from lifting our voices to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is worthy to be praised no matter what we are going through.
Paul then acknowledges that the Philippian church has stepped up to the challenge of providing care for him once again. I’m sure this is part of the reason Paul was rejoicing so much. In today’s day and age, it is important we remember to support those people who are working in the harvest fields, as Paul was in his day. Evangelists and Missionaries are working hard to reach people for the Lord. Often, evangelists go from church to church with no guarantee of income. Do you do your part to support their ministry when the plate is passed? I know several evangelists that move around the country this way, living by faith that God will provide. Remember, God provides through each of you!
And then there are missionaries. They leave the comfort of their homes to answer the call of God in a foreign country. They go by faith to learn a language and a culture, and many times their lives can be in danger just for preaching the gospel. I admire the courage of our missionaries. They depend on God more than I can imagine. They also depend on us to support their ministries. Make sure you are doing all you can to help this vital ministry!
Paul realizes that the Philippian church has been struggling to support him, and has had to be careful with their finances. God does understand when we are in a position that we can’t give as we’d like to. He knows our heart. He’s such a wonderful Lord to us.