Scripture: Philippians 4:11-13 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.
Devotional: Philippians 4:13 is one of the most misquoted verses in all of Scripture. Many people single out the “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” portion of this passage and disregard the context in which it was written. It has become a sports mantra, one quoted when working toward a goal, or a pick me up for when one is feeling weak.
Certainly it is true that Christ strengthens us in our weakness. But the context of this passage is that we are strengthened that we may be content.Paul talks about the secret of being content in any and every situation through Christ who empowers and enables this elusive state.
Contentment is not considered a virtue in our day. We might even say it’s been replaced with driven-ness. To be content is to find joy in your current circumstance. But the subliminal message to you and me is never be content. Strive to be more, to be different, always.
- In what areas do you most often feel discontent?
- Give some thought to what it might look like for you to be content. How might you look to Christ for strength in experiencing joy no matter what your circumstances?