“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Quite a bold statement by Paul. In context, he was writing to the Philippian Christians about being content regardless of our circumstances. Easier said than done I suppose but only if we’re going it alone. It is God who provides the strength.
In between arrogance and self-defeat lies security. Arrogance says that I’m strong enough to handle anything. Self-defeat tells me I’m worthless and broken. Both of those scenarios require our value to come from ourselves or someone else. Our real worth doesn’t come from ourselves but from God. When you truly grasp the love that God has for you, a love so deep that he would die for you (John 3:16), you feel at home and secure in his presence and promises.
How best do we rest in his presence? I’ve found that living a surrendered life is the best way to feel secure in God. Giving up control sounds scary but it offers more freedom than any other lifestyle. “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- that is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1).
Right now, meditate on this prayer by King David and know that all you’ll ever need can be found in the greatness of our God.
“Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”
(1 Chronicles 29:10-13)