I can do all things through Christ
who strengthens me.
The older I get, I seem to have a better understanding of this verse.
Age has taught me to rely more on Jesus and less on myself. I've come to realize that I need God-like strength to handle all that life throws at me.
When I was younger, I would often rely on my strength.
- During times filled with anger, sadness, hurt, and regret, I relied on myself to wrestle with my emotions.
- If a family member had a crisis, I'd weep, worry, being filled with anxiety, then attempt to help.
- I'd lean on others when life got too hard, which made life difficult for everyone.
I was exhausted!
When Paul wrote this passage to the Philippians, he wanted them to find strength and contentment in their darkest situation. To hold onto hope, joy, and peace, no matter what life presented them.
For us, the message holds the same meaning.
- When life is hard, we can turn to Christ for strength.
- When it seems like things will never change, we have Christ to give us the strength to carry on.
- When the world seems crazy, scary, and uncertain, Christ offers His power to help us keep our balance.
God wants us to not only survive but to thrive when life is hard. He wants us to turn to His word and rely on His Son.
God wants us to be strengthened in all situations so we can hold onto our hope, joy, and peace.
No matter what life brings our way, Jesus will give us strength - ask!
Heavenly Father, you gave your Son so that we might have life and have it abundantly. You never promised a perfect life, but you have promised to be there no matter what life brings. We thank You for Your gift to the world. In Jesus' name, Amen.