“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

God is always near. It’s easy to acknowledge that when we feel like things are going our way and we are enjoying a season of health and prosperity, but what about when we are barely hanging on? Whether we like it or not, the Lord often takes us to the end of our rope, not as a means of punishing us, but as a manner of teaching us that all of our sufficiency is in Him. Stretching is good for us and our Heavenly Father wants us to grow as people. Most importantly, however, He wants us to understand that no season in life, whether feast or famine, happens apart from His Hand. We can’t comprehend our own limitations except to experience His strength when we have come to the end of our own. Then, having internalized His faithfulness, we can ascend once more from the valley to the mountaintop with the knowledge that we are free to be content in any and every circumstance. 

My friend, you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength! Even if you are facing insurmountable odds and you don’t see a way out of the wilderness, God is with you. He is near and His Spirit is speaking hope to your soul while His angels tear down strongholds, tend to your safety, and bring redemption to your circumstances. Trust Him today, thank Him for the victory that is yours in Jesus, and look forward to the strength He is forging in your soul through this time of testing! 


I claim victory in you, Jesus, even though I don’t yet see it with my eyes. I know that you are ever near me.


What obstacles are you facing right now? How can you embrace the strength Jesus is building in your soul through this time of testing?

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