HAVING DONE ALL ”’: Ephesians 6:13
When we come to the end of our tether in this life of struggle and strife, we have a lifeline to turn to – that is, if we are saved by the grace of God in Christ. As saints, we are assured that “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted [tested] above that ye are able; but will with the temptation [testing] also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). Paul offers his personal testimony to this statement: “1 can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phil 4:13).
Serving our Lord as His dear children, we are impelled by His enduring love. The apostle affirms, “The love of Christ constraineth us” (II Corinthians 5:14). When we come to the end of our endurance, there is but one source of energy available. Paul expresses it best: “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (II Corinthians 12:10).
As we are faced with a dilemma, though our destiny is in God’s hands, it is often difficult for us to reason in our own minds, where the solution lies. Paul reveals such an instance in his own experience. His desire was to pass on to his heavenly reward, but he was deeply burdened with his responsibility to his congregation of believers, to whom he wrote, “I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ;which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:23,24). It remains with God to resolve the problem, Paul “having done all” (Ephesians 6:13).