Philippians 4:13 is a common “favorite verse” …… “Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me….” Many Christians will know this specific verse. Which is great, don’t get me wrong…. But do we know the context of the verses we often know so well and draw strength from?
What comes after 4:13? “4:14 yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.”
What comes before 4:13? “Phillippians 4:12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
Well that’s new to me…
Who is speaking? Who are they speaking to? Why does the author speak of drawing strength from Christ?
If you’ve never dug into your favorite verse to find the context, (I am new to this too) you need to. We can’t pick and choose and turn bible verses into something it isn’t. I’m going to leave you hanging a little bit on those questions, maybe you’ll dig a little and be surprised at the background.
Be careful when you pluck one scripture verse out, you can accidentally misinterpret it. Reading and studying the Bible is LESS about asking God what He is speaking to you and MORE about seeing what God is revealing about Himself through scripture. It can be inspiring, motivating and great, but if it’s out of context, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice.