Joy in Weakness
In the Word
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Of the Word
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Starting over after the death of a loved one? Facing cancer? Divorce? Unemployment? Moving from familiar surroundings? Sending a son or daughter off to war? When Paul wrote the words of this text, he had experienced hatred, imprisonment, beating, lies, misunderstandings, and impending death. In all things, God gave him strength to face the future. He knew with certainty that his ultimate future was in heaven with Jesus, the One who had spoken directly to him on the Damascus road.
Paul’s words encourage us in our darkest moments. In the midst of unrest, grief, and uncertainty, God’s comforting arms reach out to surround us with love and hope. By His grace, we can echo Paul’s inspired words, I can do everything through him … (Philippians 4:13a).
Walking with my Lord
Lord, You know my hurts and weaknesses, for You know all things. Help me to remember You in my darkest moments. Help me to rely on You without any doubts or fears. In Jesus’ powerful name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living in Joy. Authors: Dcs. Betty Knapp, Irene Mensing, Myrna Lou Meyer, Margaret White. 27/30 ©2005 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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