“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Paul was a man who went through everything. Extreme hunger, extreme poverty and extreme persecution; All this, to share the gospel and to share the love of Jesus with others. Yet how did he survive? How did he not give up? The answer is found in today’s key verse. ‘I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength’. Paul learnt not to depend on food, others, circumstances or anything else for his sustenance and strength. The only source of his strength and joy was Jesus. He knew that through the empowerment of Jesus’ strength in him, he could accomplish all, endure all and persevere in all.
Today, if you are going through challenging circumstances, experiencing hardships or financial turmoil, know this… it is only through Jesus’ strength that you can endure. He will lift you up, shelter you from the storm and guide your path in the darkness. He will give you the strength to keep going and not to give up. Put your trust in Him and just as He helped Paul, and so many others throughout history, He will help you too. Don’t give up but instead look up to Jesus.