April 17, 2020

Toddler standing in front of beige concrete stair - Photo by Jukan Tateisi on Unsplash

Philippians 4:11–13 (KJV 1900)
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 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.

PASTOR’S COMMENTARY:

For many years, Philippians 4:13 was the theme Scripture of New Piney Grove Baptist Church. It was repeated at the end of every service, followed by the phrase, “There is Hope.”

God placed this verse in my heart when I observed the hopeless mindset of many people in the neighborhood and in the church. But the verse can be easily taken out of context. Paul was not saying we can accomplish great things; Paul was implying that we can endure all things.

The health issue we face challenges our belief. Are we placing our faith in the President, Governor, CDC and FDA? Or do we believe we can get through this (endure), trusting Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength and courage to endure?