Texts We Love to Misuse- I Can Do All Things

September 14, 2019

I Can Do All Things Philippians 4:13

This is the quintessential pep talk passage. It is most often used to pump up a spirit of achievement and even pride – like the Little Engine’s, “I think I can!” What is the real context?  Paul is here considering how God has enabled him, strengthened him to be content in times of plenty and times of shortage. Paul writes this from prison, and from the way the text has been abused, you might think it is positive self-talk to break out of jail. This isn’t a passage about going out and accomplishing great feats (think graduation talk), but really about pursuing faith and trust that God can give us the grace to be content in all circumstances.