Have you ever opened your Bible and hunted for a verse to help you? Yep, me too.
While this Holy Book is filled with inspirational stories and t-shirt worthy phrases, when we open it and play Bible roulette, we have cheapened the Word of God.
Take these well loved and quoted verse found in Philippians 4:13:
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Or this one in Philippians 4:19:
“My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
With a cursory look, we can easily take these verses and apply them to our lives. But our first conclusion will be false. If we believe we are capable of doing anything we put our minds to, and that our needs will be met beyond our wildest expectation, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment.
What Paul is talking about in this passage is the ability to have strength through circumstances, none of which we have control over. He has been on mission to grow the Church by spreading the good news of Jesus as Savior. He has left everything else behind to follow God, no matter the circumstance. Safe or not, money or not, support or opposition, he goes because he knows God’ s strength will sustain him.
This is not a ‘go out and get ‘ em, slugger’ kind of verse. It is a promise of how strong Jesus is, and how He offers it to us. Even more, He is the one sustaining us and supplying everything we need (His mercy, grace, strength and power) in order that we can be content no matter what our earthly circumstances are.
When we use the Bible to serve our own purposes, it leaves room for us to be discouraged in our faith. Do you feel weak in your faith? Is life beating you down? Open His word and ask Him to reveal His truths to you. May it be strength for your journey, joy in your suffering, peace in your turmoil. A Steady Rock is our Lord.
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.
- Psalm 144:1-2
Check out Philippians 4:10-20 for further reading!