Jesus is the resource for all our needs.
Today’s Scripture reading comes from Philippians 4:19, quoting from the ESV:
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
“He has been mighty good to me!” “God is good, all the time. All the time; God is good.” I have heard these phrases expressed, somewhat emotionally, at church testimony meetings and other places. These expressions are true and, most often, heartfelt.
Paul’s statement in Philippians 4:19 seems a culmination of his gratefulness for the kindness shown him by the believers mentioned in Philippians 4:10-19. Additionally, Paul’s joyful comments give testimony of God’s faithfulness to meet his needs. Though Paul expressed heartfelt thanks for the gift, at the same time, he seems to stand the act of giving on it head: It is not that those who give satisfy needs, but it is God who uses generous givers to meet.
Those who are generous toward God will find that He is generous toward them and will supply their every need in Christ Jesus. Expressed another way, giving is receiving. I am inspired by Paul’s obvious absence of anxiety as to whether God would give him what he needed. Paul was not concerned for material gifts; his greatest concern was the potential spiritual harvest to be reaped through their generosity. Yet, Paul makes a more far reaching statement: If you had any concerns about parting with your gifts, don’t. Instead, know as I know that, “God will supply every need of yours.” His comments clearly extended beyond concern for material needs.
What leader is not concerned with maximizing his/her time use or hasn’t felt the insufficiency of time in a day to meet all requirements? And what about the challenge of needing fresh insight and perspective in confronting problems? “God will supply every need of yours” whether it is a financial concern, effective time management, or dealing with disgruntled people. Jesus is the resource for all our needs. As faithful followers, ours is to approach Him confidently for grace and help.
Points to Ponder
Over the next week, here are 3 points to ponder during your personal time of reflection or with a small group or mentor.
- First, in what areas of work, home, or community service do you especially need help?
- Second, how are you trusting God to meet all your needs, i.e., time management, wisdom, and resources?
- Third, how might those nearest you describe or affirm your unwavering belief that God will supply your every need?