I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 ESV
Many of us cling to this verse in times of difficulty and we should, because it is right. We can do all things through him who strengthens us. The Christians life is filled with challenges and difficulties, yet we do not have to succumb to them. We can stand in the face of adversity because of Jesus.
Because of Jesus we are not alone in our struggles. We can be strong. I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 4:12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. ESV The Lord is our strength in time of trial.
We live in a world where so often we feel all alone, but in Jesus we never are alone. Think of what Paul’s life was like, he suffered many things for the cause of Christ yet he never wavered in his mission. Why is that? It is because he knew where his strength came from. He knew that he could do all things, not just some things. He could do all things through Him that strengthened him, that is the Lord.
So today, if you find yourself doubting your ability to cope with what has come your way in life remember Paul’s word of encouragement. You too can do “all things” through Him who strengthens you.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman