10 I was very glad in the Lord because now at last you have shown concern for me again. (Of course you were always concerned but had no way to show it.) 11 I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. 12 I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. 13 I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. 14 Still, you have done well to share my distress. 15 You Philippians know from the time of my first mission work in Macedonia how no church shared in supporting my ministry except you. (Philippians 4:10-15, CEB)
This is one of the overused verses in the Bible and wrongly used verses. I can do all things through the power of the one who gives me strength. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to practice or learn skills and that God will miraculously just give you the ability to do something. God will be with you through all things that happen and will help you manage what is happening around you. But God doesn’t make you a star. Paul here says he knows what it is to have enough, and he also knows what it is to be in need. Paul has lived and has been in the valley and he has been on the mountain and though it all God has been with him. And Paul has learned along the way that no matter what happens, God will always be there.
And Paul thanks the Philippians because they have always been with Paul also.
Who has been there for you in your faith journey?