I am well content… 2 CORINTHIANS 12:10

“I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 CORINTHIANS 12:10

My Pondering

Here we another power paradox; a dynamic dichotomy. “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

This is ONLY because ‘through just pain there is great gain.’ When it comes to the supernatural real like this verse, then ONLY may this happen when our motivation is for Christ Jesus’s glory. He is the reason for the season for eternity.

2 Corinthians 13:4 For He was indeed crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power. And though we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you

Romans 5:3 And not only this, but we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

We Christians no doubt have resilient power in Christ and in this when we execute boldly on behalf of Jesus.

I really like this statement:

A successful person views his or her life experiences—the good as well as the bad—through the lens of purpose. They realize that God is able to use all of it to fulfill His calling on their lives.

Whatever is in your past—the good as well as the bad—God will use it for good if you will let Him. Resist the tendency to grow hardhearted and bitter, and instead, choose a path that will help you move past your past. God wants to use the good and bad experiences of your life and to shape your destiny.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

And this all collimates in the great chapter 8 of Romans with this hall mark verse:

Romans 8:28 God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and called to His purpose.

A huge edge we ‘enlightened’ humans have over the rest of God’s creation is that we can control and choose to ‘think about what we think about’. When something happens to us, we can choose to respond, not merely re-act.

Ultimately, we can be better or bitter because of the meaning behind it. Knowledge is important, attitude more so. Knowledge get you on the right path, attitude keeps your there – hopefully with joy and Jesus.

My Prayer

Jesus, you are way, the light and the truth. Direct me to the abundant life. Help me respond in a WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?]manner.

I can do all things through Christ… – Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
Philippians 4:13 NKJV

My Pondering

By reading the verse before and after, we can gather deeper meaning from this hallmark verse (as is a solid process to interpret Scripture). Here is the passage:

12 I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need.

13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

14 Nevertheless, you have done well to share in my affliction.

Philippians 4:12-14

Another solid technique is taking Scripture in fuller context by studying related verses. This requires additional maturity because it’s easy to bend them to our particular perspective. Though that isn’t always bad so long as it fits as intended. Scripture is active and alive while is totally resolute and perfect. Meaning is is full depth and the Spirit guides and reveals different angles as we grow and live. Ponder that for a moment, if wish.

For our mutual edification, I included three other verses:

2 Corinthians 12:9
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Ephesians 3:16
I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

Colossians 1:11
being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have full endurance and patience, and joyfully

Many people, well at least I have and from my POV (point of view) take Phil 4:13 meaning as Christ will supernatural empower us to overcome every problem in some awesome powerful crushing kind of way. Kind of like how the Jews back in Jesus’s earth walking days expected the Messiah to behave; to put down their oppressors with force and uplift them into glory.

Sometimes He does just that by us. And other times He strengthens us to endure joyfully.

This leads us back to Romans 8:28 – God causes all things to work together for good, to those who love Him and called to His purpose.

That one I have well memorized and cling to often. It is the center of the mark, IMO (in my opinion). Phil 4:13 and Romans 8:28 are like two great engines, like two strong oxen that should drive us to greatness.

No sane person desires affliction. That is counter to nature and our physical well being. Yet, when it’s unavoidable, when it’s a divine wrath akin (albeit in a mini-way) to Christ’s suffering that is often when we truly feel His power and really know Him. Many other verses attest to this.

Can you think of one or more?

If so, please drop them in the comments and share you take.

My Prayer

Lord, help me overcome everything in a way that glorifies You. Either by abounding through conquering or patiently and joyfully preserving. You ideal path and providence is for good yet what is good is not always pleasurable. Please empower Your Spirit to help and guide me.