Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Strength

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.

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Amen sister! Thank you, I needed that today!

john, julia, and annie said...

Just wanting you to know that your blog truly speaks to my heart...the post on your grandmother's obituary was one of the sweetest things I've ever read and has given me a desire to live as she did...much like Christ in "seeking the needs of others over her own discomfort". You are prayed for, and I hope you know how RICH your blog is with wisdom! Thank you for sharing!

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