Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Philippians 4:10-14 NLT
[10] How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. [11] Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. [12] I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

[13] For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

[14] Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.

Reflection . . .

This verse is a favourite of many Christians, however, it is often taken out of context and used to declare that God will give us strength to do anything, often referring to what we want.

The context of this passage is contentment, learning to be content in whatever situation we find ourselves in and being in the dynamic of a helping community with other believers. With this context in mind, finding strength in Christ to face our situation with the help of other believers, confidence in individualistic endeavors and focus on personal gain has no place.

The song below expresses the heart of what it means to find strength in Christ . . . He is the one in whom our soul rejoices!