His Strength is Your Strength
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:13
The apostle Paul was in chains when he wrote these words (see Philippians 1:13-14).
From this setting of incarceration, he testifies, “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:11-12).
And he concludes: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
This is one of the most popular verses in the Bible. It is often spoken to affirm that, by God’s grace, we’ll be able to face any challenge in this life. This is an important truth, for sure.
There is nothing we will face in this life that is too much, too big, or too powerful for our God.
Paul’s faith in God allowed him to be content no matter the circumstances he faced. What circumstances do you find yourself in today? In the coming days?
Someone once said, “You’re either in a storm, just got out of one, or are about to enter one.” It’s not a very comforting thought—but we know it to be true.
No matter the forecast, Jesus gives us strength.
God has equipped you for this day. More importantly, He abides with you today. There is tremendous blessing in knowing that He loves you and has a plan—whatever you’re presently experiencing, it hasn’t caught Him off guard or unaware.
He will bring good of this. Will you trust Him? And look to Him? He gives you the strength to press on.
My prayer for this week:
Dear Lord, like Paul, I want my contentment to come from you, not my circumstances. Please remind me, today and every day, that your plan is perfect and that I don’t need to worry. Will you reassure me when situations and circumstances overwhelm me, and give me strength to press on? Thank you, Lord.