Probably one of the most popular verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” Many people take this verse to mean that with Christ on my side there is nothing that can stop me from doing anything. However, God doesn’t give all of us the abilities to be great athletes. God doesn’t give all of us the top IQ’s that only Einstein would be envious of. God doesn’t give all of us the talents to perform with the greatest musicians on the greatest stages in the world. Most of us are just average Joe’s that can do great things every once in a while.
In order to get the true context of this verse, we must look at it in the context that Paul wrote it. Back up and begin reading at verse 10.
“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.”
Paul was writing this letter from a prison in Rome. He reminded the church at Philippi that he knew what it was like to be in need and he knew what it was like to have plenty. He encouraged the church by saying no matter what I go through I can handle it because my strength comes from the Lord.
These words are encouraging to us. No matter what we face in this world, our strength comes from the Lord. It is Jesus that keeps us going when we hear bad news from the Doctor. It is Jesus that keeps us going when we are laid off from our job. And it is also Jesus that gives us the strength to rejoice when good things are happening in our life. There is no other place that we need to look for strength besides Jesus.