Philippians 4:13 Reflection

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      Today has been an incredible day.  Some different things happened, but overall I just felt the inescapable glory of God today in so many ways.  I was reading through Philippians 4 today when I came across the often quoted verse, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (4:13 NIV).  I had heard this verse so many times before, but I had never read it in the same way that I have today.  For once I actually read what was said before that statement.  Reading it in context put it in a completely different light.  Verse 12-13: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”  So often verse 13 is used when all hope is lost or when we have some huge dream that we are trying to accomplish, but I have never heard it used in a sermon about being content.  Tim Tebow used to wear that verse on his eye black, and it is read by Christian high school sports teams before games, but have we missed what Paul was saying?  Is it possible that the “secret of being content in any and every situation” is knowing that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us?  I may be completely off, but it seems to me that Philippians 4:13, the verse about doing incredible things, is about being ok with what we have in every situation.  That’s just some food for thought and an example of the advantages of reading scripture in context instead of just pulling verses out one by one.  Blessings.

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