Philippians 4:13 is a verse than we hear all of the time. We say it right before a test, a big presentation, or before performing a task that is seemingly difficult or makes us nervous. Growing up, this was a verse that I took for granted a lot. It is just one that we can spit out from memory without really putting it into context or understanding the true meaning.
A few months ago when I was reading my Bible before bed, I came across this verse in Philippians. Paul is writing a letter to the church in Philippi. I love studying Paul and his epistles because he often talks about what I call “suffering for Jesus.” So Paul is writing to the Philippians and before the end of his letter, he thanks them for the gifts they have sent to him. So it reads:
“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. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
The part where Paul explains knowing what it is like to be in need but also knows what it is like to have plenty really stuck out to me. At first, it may seem like he is talking about material things, but the more I kept reading it over and over, the more I realized he is talking about so much more.
No matter what the circumstance we are in, we must learn to be content with the situation that God has placed us in. When our world is falling apart, we must ask Him to reveal to us what He is trying to teach us in this situation and how we can come out of it victorious. Your whole perspective changes when you ask God these things. I have been to the very top of the highest mountain and also to the very bottom of the darkest valley just like Paul. I know what it is like to be in need and to have plenty. And I can honestly say that I cannot do anything without the One who gives me strength. No matter what we are facing, Jesus is the secret to being content. This blog is about my experiences with Jesus and I cannot wait to share them with the world!