“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
If there were a label for “most encouraging verse in the Bible,” it might be applied to this one. A favorite of many people, for good reason, this verse in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, tells us that Paul believed he could do anything through the strength given to him by Christ Jesus. We have available to us the power of the Son of God. And yet we do not avail ourselves of that power. At least I know I do not.
In another verse, Paul speaks of praying for God to remove his “thorn in the flesh.” Paul says, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10, NIV).
God’s power not only strengthens me, it can make the impossible possible, and—even better--His strength is perfect in my weakness. That’s a win-win for me.