I remember a t-shirt I had when I was a kid that featured a caricature of Samson with huge bulging muscles, pushing two big pillars over. Also on the shirt was a verse that said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It was a great witnessing tool.
I’m not saying that God won’t give us physical strength, but the context of this verse isn’t talking about physical strength. It's about faith strength, endurance, and patience.
It's talking about having strong faith in whatever situation we face.
Paul wrote this passage while he was in prison for his faith. He didn't have the ability to produce income or to be with people. His connection to his church was through written words by sending and receiving letters. And the church was growing in numbers and in faith.
There are a lot of similarities to what we are on the verge of facing today.
We may be facing the difficult challenge of social distancing (read more about our plan as a church here) but we can still connect and communicate even if we’re not in person.
I believe the church can even grow through this time.
This is what Paul wrote:
"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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12-13)."
Each week, we make questions available on our app that can help bring application to the weekend messages. One of the questions that will help us apply is this:
How can we discern what things are referred to in this verse for us personally?
Contentment in every situation.
Contentment is not determined by how big of a crisis we face but how we handle a crisis. Being in Christ means we find our strength and our freedom in him, and we do our best to be like him.
Times are uncertain, but our God is not. He's not taken by surprise or unaware of what's happening in our world. We're praying for you — that your faith would grow and that your roots would grow down deep in him. If you have something specific you'd like prayer for, you can share your request with us online.
You can do all things — including growing in your faith and contentment — through Christ who gives you strength!