“I can do all things through him who gives me strength.“
How encouraging! Now for some context.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.
The “all things” Paul is talking about here is not lifting weights or making a touchdown pass or getting that new job and giving God credit for our accomplishments. That would fall under the general umbrella of “all things”, certainly, but that isn’t what Paul is talking about here. What is Paul talking about?
Contentment. Being hungry or naked or in want and still being content.
We can quote this verse all day. We can write it on post it notes and plaster it all over our homes and still be miserable about our circumstances. It would help us to actually use this verse as a reminder to us when we lack contentment and be reminded that God can and will give us the strength to help us with that too.