Passage: Philippians 4:10-14
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.
1. The Apostle Paul is thanking the church at Philippi for the gift they gave him. It greatly encouraged him! God is Paul’s source of strength, yet God used the Philippians to encourage him. What are examples of God using other people to “share in your troubles” and encourage you?
2. How do you respond when you’re overwhelmed? Do you tend to rely on others or isolate yourself? There are advantages to relying on others or isolating ourselves. But, if your tendency is to rely too much on others, God may want you to understand that with him, you are stronger that you realize. If you only isolate yourself in the hard times, he may want you to experience the gift of trusted friends.
3. What do you think are your next steps? May you experience God’s strength as you do!