We must not forget the context of the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” As the previous verse shows, the “all” refers not only to abounding and being full, but also to suffering, need, and hunger. Often times, believers mistakenly think God’s strength is only for going from an inconvenient situation to a more comfortable one. Though God’s strength can work to improve situations, if that is our only view, we miss out on all God offers us in Jesus. Christ was full of strength, yet His situation did not improve as He hung on that cross. Paul at times was hungry and suffered need while full of God’s strength. God’s deep strength in Christ can give us true hope, joy, contentment, and peace regardless of “whatever state” we are in.
–Adrian Caballero, Assistant Pastor