I never realized how "churchy" my scripture memory is. Philippians 4:13 was one of the first bible verses I memorized as a kid. And, I can recite it still today (big whoop, I know). But, what got me tonight as I was reading is the context in which that verse was written.
Paul says to the Philippians:
10I 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. 11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I 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. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:10-13 ESV)
It doesn't say I can do all things because it's going to be easy if I do it His way. It doesn't say I should be content because things will work out the way I planned. And, nowhere does it say He promised me it
would be a quick and painless process.
What I do know is this...
I am called to be content no matter where He leads. I am called to rest in Him in days of need and in days of plenty. And, when I find myself lower than I've ever been or full of unimaginable joy, God says it's HIS strength that will carry me through.
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