3rd & 4th February
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
God will supply all your needs. A bold statement but one echoed by Jesus Himself in the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:11) and again in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 7:11). God will provide for us. That’s a promise. And when God makes a promise, He doesn’t lie. His promises are Yes and Amen.
Yet is this verse purely talking about physical possessions? Well, of course in its context yes it is. Paul is addressing the faithfulness of the church in Philippi and the generous support he had received. Yet Paul notes that even though the support came from people, it ultimately came from God. He then leaves an encouragement for us too, his readers, by saying that the ‘same God who supplies my needs and has taken care of me, will also take care of you.’
But here is where it takes on a deeper meaning, perhaps more than just physical needs. Paul comments that God will “supply all” our needs from His own glorious riches. In other words, everything we have, everything Paul was provided with through the hands of the church in Philippi, was indeed God’s. His provision provided Paul’s support; from the throne room of Heaven, to Paul’s hands. Yet there is even more depth in Paul’s words which takes this meaning beyond just physical wealth. Paul says that God will supply our needs, from His glorious riches, “which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” What is that? It is every spiritual blessing. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3 that we are “blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united in Christ.” Because of Jesus, we have everything we need spiritually. And these blessings will never run dry. It is from God’s unlimited storehouse, for all His children. Talk about being blessed right!?