But What About the Part Before That


I can do all things in Him that strengthen me. Philippians 4:13.

We all know it. We've all said it. It has at some point made an appearance in a tweet, a Facebook status or maybe even a blog post. And it's a great verse that should most definitely be taken to heart. 

But what about the verses leading up to that well known and publicized verse?

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need...Philippians 4:10-12

Last night, I probably read those three verses half a dozen times if not more. I have no doubt that I've read those exact same verses multiple times throughout the years of my life, but last night it struck a different chord. I would love to say that I woke up this morning and started living my life this way. But that would be a lie because I am who I am and that is human.  I could never live my life without first completely and utterly trusting in He who strengthens me. And that is something I am always working on.

But you want to know what about those amazing verses gives me hope and faith that I will wake up one day, whether physically or spiritually, and be able to live my life like that? That those words are written by a man; Paul. Paul was no different from me or you. He was a man whose sins were laid upon the cross just like ours. But this man knew and trusted God with every single fiber of his body. He wrote those words while behind bars and was still rejoicing. He had been brought to the lowest of lows and was still thanking God. I gripe and complain because our house isn't organized or traffic was bad or a hair is out of place...what if I turned that around and praised God for the fact that we have a house or I have a car and a job that allows me to be in traffic. The hair thing is just me and I just need to get over it, but I hope you see what I'm trying to say. Life is full of highs and lows; seasons of plenty and seasons of scarcity.  And through all of those ups and downs and seasons of change, we should remember that He does indeed give us strength to do all things.

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him...Philippians 3:8-9

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kristyn ellen said...

This was a good read.

It's a hard concept for me, to know that this is something I have to be constantly reminding myself of and working on. There really isn't a finish line. I don't think that's the point. Sometimes that discourages me. But I know God doesn't require me to be perfect. His grace is a constant reminder to seek joy in everything.

Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner said...

Beautiful verses and thanks for the reminder.

Hannah said...

I often times feel the same way...sometimes when things seem to go wrong for us relative to others' its a really hard thing to be thankful for whats right in front of us, or things we take for granted even. have you ever heard the song strong enough by matthew west? i think you would absolutely love it!!

:) xox

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