Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:14-23
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
This is an incredible promise from God — “And my God will supply EVERY NEED of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Notice, first of all, that God promises to provide all our NEEDS, and not necessarily all our wants. There is a difference between the two. We often consider our wants to be needs. We can desire something so much that we convince ourselves that we cannot be satisfied without it. We make a desire turn into a need. God promises to provide EVERY NEED, not every want.
Second, notice that God supplies our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. God’s riches in Christ Jesus are limitless. He has the power and the desire to supply our needs from His storehouse of grace. Or course, our greatest need is salvation. Jesus gave up His riches so that we could share in them — “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich” (II Corinthians 8:9). Jesus met our need for salvation by becoming poor so that we could become rich!
Paul also had in mind our material needs. He experienced first hand how God provided for his basic needs. Often, as in the case of Paul, God uses other people to provide our needs. The Philippians faithfully supported Paul — “And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again” (vs. 15,16). God often uses the generosity of others to provide for the needs of others. This also reminds us that we need to be generous because God can use us to be His instruments in providing the needs of others.
God is a generous God. He want us to be generous as well. He will supply all our needs from His storehouse of grace. Remember the words of Jesus — “for your Father knows what you meed before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8). God knows what we need and He promises to meet our needs. He also want us to share what we have with others, for He delights in using us to help meet the needs of others.
Heavenly Father, You know what I need before I ever ask. You are my great Provider, who generously meets all my needs according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Forgive me when I become anxious about things. I know that You will take care of me. Lord Jesus, thank You for meeting my most basic need — my need for salvation. You gave up all Your riches so that I could share in them. When I consider what You have done for me, how could I not be a generous person?
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