Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.“
So, what are the “all things” about which God is talking? You and I face things both in and out of our control.
In our ordinary course of life, we will face trials and tribulations. Most of which are out of our control.
John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
All things must mean that I can make it through no matter what I am facing. It becomes hard to see sometimes and harder when the storm of your life has come. But, it has not escaped God’s attention. He has prepared us for that very day.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
What things are in my control, obedience, submission, and duty are things that may press us beyond what we feel are our capabilities.
1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
I cannot always be holy. But, if my heart is set to try with the utmost of my ability, God makes up for my lack.
Resisting temptation may be hard, but, sometimes, all we can do is endure. In so doing, we will win a crown.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
Knowing that by placing our trust in God’s strength, we can do the “all things,” He asks by relying on His power, not ours. We often fail to try to do the “all things” in the flesh first. Then, after the failure, look up and ask for help.
Wouldn’t it make sense to lead off with trusting God first?
We think that we must extend ourselves by trying in the flesh first and then call on God. Most, if not all, examples in the Bible say different. From Genesis to Revelation, we see those who tried first in the flesh only to call on God once the effort failed or didn’t go as God had commanded. He then had to come and clean up our mess.
It is our human nature to want to try to figure it all out. At its core, we want to be able to control the outcome. Faith calls on us to do without having all the answers; without knowing what the end will be.
Some seek prowess in their physical strength. Others may want political power or strength in leadership. But where are those who do want and desire to have the fullness and control of the Holy Spirit?
May the “all things” be for us today, the ability to thoroughly do all that God commands with the type of faith that pleases Him.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Have a blessed Sabbath!