Our epistle reading for this week is Philippians 4:10-12.
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.
Paul writes these words of encouragement to the church at Philippi to reassure them of God’s presence with us, no matter what our situation. He speaks of being “content whatever the circumstances” (v. 11), a reminder that while we are not taught that things will always be easy, God did promise to always be with us. It is this constancy and trust in our unchanging Creator, that allows us to have faith in the unknown future.
While our earthly lives may follow an uncertain path, God is in control and the outcome is assured. Christ will return to claim those who claim Him and we will be with Him eternally. We can live in confidence as Paul says “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength” (v. 13).
This wonderful gift allows us to press ahead in difficult times and to give thanks to God no matter what we face. His strength is given to all who call on Him in faith, believing the promise of salvation. We can indeed do all things through His power at work in us.
Loving Lord, we are weak on our own, but Your strength and guidance are there for us. Help us to be Your people, sharing the joy of our connection with You with all Your children. Amen.