When Bible verses become cliche.

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“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”[1] This verse is used in football huddles, business seminars, bumper stickers, by me when I'm playing foosball, and tweets all over America.

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But there is one problem… This verse is not talking about getting the strength to get a sack, develop a good business model, how to deal with traffic, and whatever common American purpose it could be tweeted.

Paul had been through every possible problem, he was beaten, stoned (not recreationally), shipwrecked, bitten by snakes, and then put under house arrest until he would eventually die (which is where he is sitting at this point in the story).

After all that Paul is writing and telling this church that he found the secret to being content in any situation, to be content during persecution, in extreme poverty, when starving, or anything else.

Paul’s secret: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

Living in America, I have no clue what it means to be in need. If I want food I go and buy it, and if I cannot afford it I go to a buddies house and raid his fridge.

But this same principle is in everything, because although Paul’s secret does not promise success on the football field, nor much else in terms of successful results, it does promise contentment in all things.

When I have the knowledge that there is not a situation in life that I cannot face with peace, joy, and contentment through the power of the Holy Spirit. Little else matters, the results are God’s business, but the choice to trust Him is mine.

My prayer is today that when I struggle to find contentment I will focus on Paul’s secret.



[1] Philippians 4:13 NIV