Paul says in Philippians, “…I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Phil. 4:11). Paul had to learn this, it did not come over night. Speaking on being content no matter the circumstance, Paul continues by saying he has “learned the secret.” There is a secret to be learned.
What’s the secret?
Paul gives the answer in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
The secret is that through any circumstance we face in life, not matter how painful it may be, we can get through it by the strength that Jesus provides.
Many people in our culture can quote Philippians 4:13, but few people know what St. Paul had to go through in order to come to that conclusion.
Paul talks about some of his sufferings in 2 Corinthians 11:24-28. Read it – That is a crazy list!
All for the sake of Christ Paul went through:
1. Countless beatings (often near death)
2. Beaten with rods
4. Many sleepless nights
5. Often without food
6. Daily pressure – Anxiety for various churches
7. Many Imprisonments
9. In danger from pretty much everyone
10. 5 times received the punishment of 39 lashes (unbelievably painful)
Yet, through all of this, Paul says he is “content.” Wow.
Friends, there is a secret to be learned here. We will suffer for the sake of Christ. We will go through difficult times. Yet the secret is to trust God in such a way that we can come to the conclusion and say, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and know that he will supernaturally provide the strength we need to get through any circumstance we may face.
If God brings you to it, he will get you through it. God may not change your current circumstance, but if you allow him, he will change you in your circumstance to help you not only get through it, but thrive in it for your joy and his glory.
Learn this secret. Be content. Trust in Christ.