“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 (NASB)
Our verse today is perhaps a familiar and frequently quoted verse from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It offers a powerful truth we can live by no matter what circumstances of life surround us. However, an application of this verse that is often used shades its true meaning. This is a promise indeed but not a promise that we will be able to accomplish anything we wish for. It does not promise a win in any competition. It does not promise excellence in performances to reach a desired goal. It does promise we can face and sustain all circumstances which challenge our faith. Prosperity? It comes with temptation of pride and leads to depending upon ourselves more than on God. Poverty? It leads to doubts and fear and temptations to cheat because our life expectations are not met. God promises to help us have strength to withstand all challenges, helping us to not succumb to defeating doubts. Because we are in Christ, He infuses us with His strength to sustain us through all things that come our way and teaches us how to thrive in plenty or in want.
“The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.”
“Better is the little of the righteous than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked will be broken, But the LORD sustains the righteous.” Psalm 37:12-13, 16-17 (NASB)
Still more great promises from Psalm 37 that will bring delight to us Christian believers. The futility of the evildoer’s activity is well pictured here. This counterbalances the seeming success that the wicked has enjoyed. Despite their efforts against God, His Anointed, His Spirit and His adopted children. His attempts to destroy will ultimately fail. The Lord God laughs at the wicked and their efforts. God know and sees the day coming when the evildoers will be vanquished. The righteous and the wrongdoer are contrasted in the second pair of verses. This contrast refutes the very thought of the prosperity of the evildoers. How can it be said they will flourish when their arms will be broken? They will be powerless, crippled, disabled beyond handicapped. The advantage is and always will be on the side of the righteous because we have the LORD God sustaining us. We may face and suffer trials and tribulations but it is only for a little while which we won’t call meanwhile but will call it ‘Godwhile’ . God promises we will be sustained. Easy as ABCDE the evildoers will be Annihilated, Bested, Crushed, Deposed and Eliminated.