June 26th, 2019
Abase and Abound
Philippians 4:12-13 (KJB) I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Paul is being candid in this verse. He learned, often with his feet dangling in the fire, to be content in whatever kind of circumstances he found himself. His satisfaction had nothing to do with his surroundings or the state of his life, rather it was because it was obvious that the power and presence of God were at work in his life in any condition.
You see, God does His best work when we are at our worst.
Whether he was hungry or full, in prison or free Paul was at peace with his lot in life. He allowed God to lead his steps and to take first place. You see, the Apostle Paul learned that nothing in this world matters apart from personally knowing and trusting in God. Paul understood that alone he could not accomplish any meaningful or lasting thing.
It is vital for us too to allow God to be involved in all things including the tough situations, the big things as well as minute details of life whether we seem to be down and out or thriving in this world.
The Apostle Paul understood that he could do anything with God at the helm of his life. It was God’s presence and power at work in his life that gave him potential and made anything possible without regard to his immediate circumstances.