“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”– Philippians 4:13
It is perhaps one of the most inspiring verses we find in the Bible. The writer is none other than Apostle Paul who even as He had been called of God to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles faced all manner of hardships and set backs.
Paul narrates in 2 Cor 24- 26, “Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea. In my frequent journeys, I have been in danger from rivers and from bandits, in danger from my countrymen and from the Gentiles, in danger in the city and in the country, in danger on the sea and among false brothers..” In spite of all Paul kept moving. He never lost faith and went on to build many churches in areas where his ministry took him.
Paul’s strength was based on the knowledge that, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” ( Romans 8:28). God enabled Paul accomplish his tasks by providing him resources, protecting him when as needed, and leading him on to his destiny. For instance one time while being pursued, “his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall” ( Acts 9:25). What a daring escape.
So, today, let’s take comfort that with faith in Christ we “can do all things.” God enables us through a myriad ways. He leads. He guides. He protects. Our job is simple: never to lose faith.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, because of the faith I have in Christ, I rise today, confident that there is no task beyond me, because I do all things in Christ Jesus!