The Secret Few Have Learned

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
3. Stoned
4. Many sleepless nights
5. Often without food
6. Daily pressure – Anxiety for various churches
7. Many Imprisonments
8. Shipwrecked
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.


5 thoughts on “The Secret Few Have Learned

  1. The conclusion of many Christian heroes in regard to suffering and adversity was, and is, that God reveals himself most powerfully to those he wounds most deeply.

  2. Trevor, thanks for the quote. To add another to it: “Suffering is the best book in my library.” That was said by Charles Spurgeon, a man who the Lord used –and wounded — powerfully.

  3. David,
    So many in the Body of Christ like to flippantly quote part of the scripture found in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “…[His grace is sufficient for [me]…” However, they miss the second part of what God said to Paul, “…for my strength is made perfect in weakness….” It’s easy to talk about that and haphazardly quote it. It is completely another when you walk in revelation of the King of Glory and His resurrection, willingly entering into His sufferings (Philip 3:10). When we do this, walk in our weakness, “… the power of Christ… [rests] upon me.”

    Not something that most in the Body of Christ in America have any knowledge about. But many believers in other countries experience this on a daily basis.

    Nice post.


  4. Eric, I agree. Suffering is a blessing (Philippians 1:29). I’ve heard testimonies of Christians in other countries who suffer on a daily basis but God seems to allow them to experience his presence more and they know how to rely on him for true strength.

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