Verse of the Day Devotion: Philippians 4:19
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Paul here is speaking to the Philippian Church thanking them for the much-needed assistance they provided to him. It appears that the church had stopped providing supplies for Paul’s ministry due to circumstances outside of their control. “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity.” Philippians 4:10. Notice the phrase “but lacked opportunity”. This signifies that he believed they had entertained the same sentiments of him, had the same affection and inward care for him all along; but they had no opportunity of showing it, him being at such a distance, with them having no convenient or proper persons to send to him; or were hindered through multiplicity of business on their hands that they could not attend to him.
Paul then says he was not saying this because he had needed anything from them during this time. “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” Philippians 4:11. He tells them he knows how to deal with little. “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” Philippians 4:12. Before Christ’s calling of him to spread the gospel, he had been well off and had all his needs met. He was a Pharisee and one highly regarded by many in Judaism. However, in his current life he has learned to rely on God for everything. Yes, there are times when difficulties come and he finds himself lacking in food. However, in the previous verse he says he has learned how to handle hunger and plenty. He knows he can do everything God calls him to do no matter what, but he is thankful for their help. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction.” Philippians 4:13-14.
Paul then reminds the Philippians that while after he had preached to them, he left Macedonia and ministered throughout the area, no other church helped them in the meeting of their needs. He wanted to say thanks to them for the sacrifices they made on their behalf. He also encouraged them through our focus verse. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. He essentially was telling them that as they have given to him in his distress, God will never suffer them to be in need without helping them in their time. His fulness and riches are infinite.
And when we are in need, He will give us what we need through His infinite riches and grace. All the favors and fulfillments of the provisions given would be given through Christ. Even the supply of our temporal needs comes to us through the Savior. The theologian Albert Barnes puts it this way. “Were it not for the atonement, there is no more reason to suppose that blessings would be conferred upon people than that they would be on fallen angels. For them no atonement has been made; and at the hand of justice they have received only wretchedness and woe.” And I want to add that often these blessing conferred upon non-Christians can lead to their salvations.
Therefore, if God will supply all our needs then we need to ask the question, “If God does not provide for what we deem a need, is it really a need or is it simply a desire? And we must remember that God knows how best to meet our needs, which may not be how we expect or desire them to be met. So we must have trust and faith in God that however things happen is how He determines is the best way. God loves us more than we can ever imagine, so much so that He sent His begotten Son to address an issue we could not. And if He loves us this much to sacrifice His only begotten son, why would He not address other “needs” we may have? Just be who He has called you to be. “Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches.” 1 Corinthians 7:17.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.