I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV).
Read verse 13 and read it again. Then read it one more time. It’s the secret to success. It’s the secret to overcoming the panic, shortages, and, well, stupidity of our world during this Wuhan virus fracas.
We can do all things, in plenty or in want, through Jesus Christ, who gives us strength.
Take that coronavirus. Take that over-reacting governments. Take that panickers. God bless all of them (except the virus, though God is working through that, too). But they don’t stand a chance against Christ, who gives us strength to persevere and overcome them.
Sure, it’s easy to say that now, when the shortages on the shelves are just because of selfishness. The shelves will be re-stocked soon…or maybe they won’t be! Let’s read these verses again in a month if or when things begin to get tough. When people are anxious; when fresh food supplies run low or run out. Let’s say them again when people start marching for an end to the shutdowns and a return to normalcy. Let’s say them if this mindlessness degenerates into violence or, worse, war.
Yes, let’s say them again then because, then, they’ll be just as true as they are today.
We can and will overcome the fear, panic, and madness that are gripping our world through Christ who gives us strength. Even in times of scarcity and war, we can rest content knowing that, even then, Christ will provide us with what He knows we need. In times of plenty, we get to rejoice that He has given us so much that we can share it abundantly. In times of need, we get to rejoice that He is still providing for us through the kindnesses of each other.
We’ve got this, people, because He’s got us. Because we can do all things through Him who gives us strength.
Not just strength of rhetoric and words: real strength. Real strength of character to resist the temptation to hate or hurt, to clash, to resort to what is worst about humanity. Christ gives us real strength to cling to His better ways, to share them and foster and grow them in others in similar predicaments. We’ll need that strength in the coming days. It’s good to know it’s sure.
Read that verse again, and take it to the bank today. “Touch” someone with it today in a way that matters most.
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 4:11, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 3:16, Colossians 1:11, Philippians 4:14.
Lord Jesus, You’re with us through the chaos that’s happening today. Grant us Your strength and help us to share it with people in need.