Philippians 4:13 is a commonly misinterpreted Bible verse.
Philippians 4 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
The real meaning is about being content in all circumstances — good or bad — by living through Jesus who strengthens us. Unfortunately, it is most often used out of context in relation to worldly accomplishments.
But that isn’t the only place you’ll find the real theme. Notice here the reality of being content despite horrible circumstances:
2 Corinthians 12 9 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
And here’s another passage about him giving us strength for endurance and patience, not wordly accomplishments.
Colossians 1:11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
And another . . . .
1 Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.
Being content sounds bland compared to our worldly desires, but what a phenomenal blessing the real interpretation of Philippians 4:13 is! How wonderful would it be to have contentment in every situation in life? That’s the true promise of scripture that we seek and rejoice in.
As often happens, the real meaning of the passage is better than what we wanted it to mean.