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January 18, 2018

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. —Philippians 4:13

 

CAUTION: Do not drive with sunshield in place.

 

I noticed that warning on one of those cardboard sunshields that some people use to keep the sun off their car dashboard. Okay, but are there people out there who really need to be told that? I guess you just can’t be too careful.

 

So, I’m driving down the freeway yesterday and saw a big white window sticker on a car in the next lane.

 

PHILIPPIANS 4:13

 

Love that verse! But it might need a disclaimer tag too.

 

CAUTION: If used out of context, this verse may not work.

 

With Jesus, I can do everything?

 

Let’s see.

 

Can I fly?

 

Nope.

 

Can I go six months without eating?

 

Nope.

 

Can I lift a locomotive off its track?

 

Nope.

 

But those realities don’t reflect my lack of faith. They reflect my limitations.

 

At some point, you simply can’t do any more than you’re presently doing. Our athletes continue to break records all the time but, at some point, we will no longer be able to break most athletic records. An unassisted human will never be able to run a mile in ten seconds.

 

The truth is, Philippians 4:13 is not a general statement about life. So, back up that truck and look at the context.

 

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

 

Now, that’s something I can do! Something that’s difficult for all of us, and something that most people find to be nearly impossible—but I can be satisfied with what the Lord gives me, regardless of whether it’s much or much less. So, let’s be clear. Philippians 4:13 is a statement about materialism, not athleticism.

 

And, remember, take the sunshield down before you leave the parking lot. It’s just better if you do.

 

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