“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NIV
When Paul wrote, “My God will supply all your needs” it was originally written as a letter to the church of Philippi. Early in the letter, he talks about being content in all circumstances. He talks about whether he was hungry or fed or living in plenty or in want, he was content in all circumstances because it’s the Lord that gives Him strength in all situations.
But afterwards he stops talking about himself and starts talking directly to the Philippians. He says that when he first started sharing the gospel, not one CHURCH shared with him. Not one CHURCH gave to him, except for the people of Philippi. Except for the NEW believers. He then goes on to say even when he was in Thessalonica, which is in an entirely different country, the Philippians were STILL giving to him.
Keep in mind, Paul wasn’t living in a time with drones or overnight shipping. Someone had to PHYSICALLY walk or travel horseback to meet this man’s needs. Someone had to go out of their way to meet the needs of another. Someone had to be uncomfortable and inconvenienced to ensure that this man was fully equipped. Someone had to LOVE.
The Lord pressed it upon my heart this morning to understand the context of Paul’s situation. Oftentimes we’re too quick to get to the scripture we WANT to hear that we miss out on the depths that we NEED to understand.
Paul, speaking to the Philippian church, blessed them by saying my God will supply all of YOUR needs. Paul wasn’t just talking about just any random group of people, He was talking about a specific group. He was talking about a group that gave fervently and tirelessly.
Though God is still faithful and will continue to provide for all of His children, it made me beg the question: are we this church? Are we a group of people that will go out of our way for another? Are we that church that are okay with the inconveniences of giving?
Yes, God provides but He also provided us on this earth to be just like Him, so what does that say? We are blessed to be a blessing! We are provided for so that we can continuously pour out to others. Now is the best time to be like Jesus. Now is the perfect time to be the church that we’re designed to be. Amen.