All Things Philippians 4:10-13

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

There is a joy to be experienced that does not come in wealth or in poverty, in good health or in bad. Joy is the realization that our present condition does not define who we are rather Joy is knowing that in whatever circumstance, with the presence of Christ we “can do all things through him who strengthens [us].” (Phil. 4:13) To be content living in the joy of the Lord is all about being convinced, absolutely convinced, that nothing will separate you from the “love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39) O sometimes the waters will rise and disrupt if not destroy the security of home and community. There are times when the “clouds hang dark and heavy and won’t let the sun shine through.” In all these times and in all these places your strength comes from the Lord. God’s hands do not suddenly appear from the heavens ready to reach down and pluck you out of your misery or challenging time, rather the hands of God are truly from those responding to the call that is on every Christian soul. You are strengthened by the prayers of the faithful, and through those who reach out in Christian love in times of deep distress or uncertainty. Maybe that is why St. Paul testified that he has “learned to be content in whatever [he has.]” (Phil. 4:11) There is power in the affirmation that you can do all things through him who gives strength because it redirects our focus from our own challenges to the healing presence of Christ our Lord. The celebration, the true celebration of faith is the affirmation that God is with you, no matter where your path may lead. You are never alone, no never alone because of the “everlasting arms” of our Lord and Savior which surround you now, even to the end of the age. Thank you Jesus for the precious gift of your joy.
Pastor Tom