Monday 2 December, 2013

Philippians 4:10-14

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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 well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

Paul compliments the Philippian church for not only praying for him through difficult times but also contributing to his welfare.  Although the Apostle Paul genuinely appreciates the Philippian churches assistance he admits that he could have got by without them.   Paul could have got by because he had learnt to be content with whatever circumstances he faced.  Rich or poor Paul was able to draw strength through Christ.

The key part to this passage is, “For I can do everything through Christ,who gives me strength. Knowing Jesus is our sufficiency no matter what challenges we face. One definition of the word through is, “Going in at one side and coming out the other.”  Jesus is with us as we go through life’s ups and downs. Jesus does not say,  “See you on the other side!” Jesus is with us as we pass through difficult , challenging and even impossible times.  As we go along we can draw strength from Jesus because he is always there.  Paul had learnt that Jesus was truly with him and he faced extreme difficulties such as imprisonment, being beaten, shipwrecked to name a few. This is why he was able to confidently say  he was content  no matter what life dished out.

Dear Lord, thank you that you are always with me.  Please help me trust you on this fact.  Amen.

Written by Ainslie Woods

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  1. David Newton says:

    I like what you are saying about the idea of ‘through’. In Daniel 3:25 the King saw four men in the fiery furnace when only three of Daniel friends were thrown in. The implication is that God is with us during our trials.

    However the words ‘through’ is not rendered correctly. The closest to the original meaning is ‘In’ thus ‘In Christ’. I have been accused of underestimating the idea of ‘In Christ’ because it carries some far reaching ideas however the simplest rendering of the word is ‘Under the influence of’

    “I can do all things when under the influence of Christ.”

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