“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13)
This statement by Paul comes directly after he expresses that he has learned to be content whatever the circumstance, "whether in need or in plenty, well fed or hungry, in plenty or in want..”
Paul has had to experience a myriad of human circumstances and emotions in order to be able to say that he has learned the lesson of being content. We grow in our understanding when we are pushed to trust in the Lord…when we recognize that we have no power to change circumstances…that no matter the size of our army, the number of chariots or horsemen we have, it is only the Lord who brings victory. And how do truly we learn this?
“Rejoice in the Lord always….The Lord is near…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving….Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right and pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- put it into practice…”( Phil 4: 4-9)
“I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” (Deut. 30:16)
I encourage you to rejoice! This task is not one you are taking on alone. No! The Lord is with you! The living God promises that:
“What he is commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach….No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart that you may obey it.” (Deut. 30: 11, 14)
A vision from the Lord:
I saw the dashboard of a car. Then the image zoomed out from just that to include hands gripped tightly on a steering wheel. Rain poured down, visibility was low. Then a broader perspective still- the back seat came into view and there sat Jesus…waiting. He noted the difficulty the driver was having, the anxiety from the challenge of maintaining control was palpable. So Jesus leaned forward, resting his chin on the seat back. He tapped the driver lightly on the shoulder and said, “Are you wanting me to take over yet?”
God is asking us, “are you ready for me to take control yet?” And our response should be, “Yes!” We need to relinquish control.
Take some time today to give thanks for all that He has done for you, for the grace you have been shown, for His mercies that are new every morning. Submit to the Lord, all that you are, to a God who is worthy of your complete trust. Rejoice in Him for he is good and His love endures forever. We serve a mighty God so worthy to be praised! Remember that the Lord is always with you and what He is commanding you today is not beyond your reach, nor too difficult because He is with you.
He walks alongside us when we are steady, and carries us when we are unable to walk. And He is near.
- Rina Carbol