Philippians 4:10-13 – 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. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The book of Philippians has always been one of my favorite books of the bible. There are so many verses that have stuck with me since I was a teen. One of them being Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Of course I read verses 10-12, but those verses never really stuck out to me, until recently, when I got a little backstory of Paul’s life.
The apostle Paul, after his conversion, went through a lot for the sake of the gospel. He felt that he was called to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, which upset the Jews. Unfortunately, when Paul returned to Jerusalem, from preaching, he was taken into custody to protect him from the huge protest against him. After a dodged plot to kill him, he spent two years in prison in Caesarea, where he was called (by God) to testify in Rome. And of course, we all know on his way to Rome, he endured a shipwreck on Malta.
So here he is in Rome, FINALLY, under house arrest. And this is when he wrote “the prison epistles” (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon).
I don’t know about you, but all of that puts verse 10 into perspective.
This man, who is hated by the Jews, been in prison for a while now, endured a shipwreck, and so much more, is saying “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” WHAT!? Also, Paul, through all these tribulations, still was able and willing to preach the gospel.
How many times a day or a week do we think on how unhappy we are with certain things in our life? Thinking on who has it better than us, or what we want to make us happier? Do we have food and water, do we have a roof over our head, and are we able to freely preach the gospel? YES! Yet we still aren’t content….
We need to praise God through everything. We need to thank Him for what we have through periods of abundance, and periods of hunger or need. We can definitely pray and ask God for things, but we need to remember, ultimately God knows what we need. We need to also remember, that no matter where we are God is using us.
Bloom where you are planted.