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Paul had other plans rather than being in prison. However, even though
A man’s heart devises his way, yet [it is] Yahweh [that] establishes his steps (Proverbs 16:9).
Although Paul would have desired a different situation, he nevertheless found himself a prisoner of Rome, and thus he looked beyond his mere circumstances, declaring himself to be in fact “the prisoner of Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 3:1). This is the power of divine awareness.
While Joseph’s brothers relatively had sold him into slavery, he knew assuredly that absolutely it was God Who had done this; and while his brothers “meant it for evil,” it was God Who had “meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20).
The same is true for all of us. While at times we might sense ourselves prisoners of our circumstances, finding ourselves in less than ideal or even in outright “evil” situations, it is God Who is in complete charge of them all. Nonetheless, like Paul we can say that, from the Divine viewpoint, we too are “prisoners of Christ Jesus,” and we can have complete confidence that,
For us, who love God, who are the called according to His purpose, there is an awareness that He is working all together for good (Romans 8:28, BSV).
Relax. Father has everything under control.