What do you need today? Wisdom for a decision, or perhaps direction for a project? Love for someone acting unlovely? Joy amidst a trial? Whatever the need, would you be willing to let go of your own resources — whether it’s wisdom, determination, willpower, talent, or more — and receive what you need from God?
If you’re willing, God has an amazing promise for you in Philippians 4:13:
God will empower you for all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Philippians 4:13 may be one of the most widely used, yet underutilized verses in the Bible. It’s well known and frequently quoted, but its meaning is often not fully understood. It doesn’t mean we give “it” — whatever the it is — our best effort and ask God to bless it. The verse means that instead of giving it our best effort, we expend our effort in seeking God. We give our best effort to:
We behold God by spending time in His Word. We go to the Scriptures and give God the opportunity to reveal Himself, to reveal the truth. Then, we work to believe what He has said. Jesus stated this so clearly in John 6:28-29. When asked by a group of people, “‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.’”
When you work to behold and believe God, you will receive what you need from God. God’s given you another promise:
“My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
What do you need today? Obtain it God’s way: