Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to [d]be abased, and I know how to [e]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through [f]Christ who strengthens me.
Every day we face a variety of urgent needs. Some are our own personal needs, others are the needs of our family, friends, community, and nation. Paul the apostle’s needs resulted from the constant harassment and persecution of his enemies. Our extraordinary needs are the result of the Corona virus now ravaging the world. Like Paul, we can look back and remember other tough times God has seen us through, personally and as a nation. God has taught us the same thing expressed by Paul- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” We do not rely on our own strength during trials and tribulations. We can rely on the strength promised by our mighty God. He works unseen, silently, behind the scenes, moving the minds and the hands of men and nations. Who knows what God will do or how He will do it? But this we know, that He will strengthen us to get through every danger. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Lord God, strengthen me now to deal with the fear and panic swirling around me. Protect and defend me, my family, my community, and our nation from the ravages of this disease. Strengthen me to walk with faith, encouragement, and confidence, knowing that my days are in your hands. Make me content today in your love and providence. Give me patience and endurance to wait for this cloud to pass, and help me to look forward to that day when I can rejoice and praise you for all that you have done to carry your people through. Above all, thank you for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, through whom we have redemption and eternal life. Amen.
– Pastor Anderson