The YMCA has a jar full of spiritual vitamins, this morning the slip I picked up said,
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13”
For me, this verse is a bit painful because for years I clung to it and repeated it daily, but focused on the first half of the verse… I can do everything…
This type of thinking contributed to my inability to ask for help from others and guilt and shame when I felt like a failure. I thought, since I am a Christian I should have no unbearable problems and should be able to do anything on my to do list regardless of how tired, weary, frustrated, sad, bored, burdened, etc. that I was.
So, I just went back and read the passage again. Paul is writing to the Philippian church thanking them for their aid. He first gives God glory for helping him be content in the terrible situations that he faced, but says in v. 14
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles…. v.16, you send me aid again and again.
Thanks be to God that He is enough for us and that He is near to us. Thanks be to God that he places others in our lives to help us, pray for us, and send us aid when we need it: spiritually, physically, emotionally.