Sunday, 16 February 2014

Confidence in God’s provision (Philippians 4:19)

This is one of the best known of Bible verses: ‘And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’ It is important to see that it belong to the list of benefits that Paul indicates belong to those who give to Christ’s cause.
In looking at the verse, it is hard to assess which is the most notable word in it. If we were to omit some of them, the promise would still be great. For example, without the word ‘my’, it is still a reminder of who is the Giver. Without the word ‘all’, it is still a reminder of our condition. Change the words ‘according to’ to ‘out of,’ it is still a reminder of the storehouse in which our blessings are contained. Yet although the promise would be great even with these changes, it would not be as rich as the promise Paul wrote.
Often the word ‘my’ makes a great deal of difference. It points here to a most wonderful relationship between believers and God, a covenant relationship in which God promises to deal with each of them in grace. Each believer has this personal and permanent bond with the great and gracious God who has forgiven him and brought him into his fellowship.
In addition to a covenant relationship, Paul states that there is a certainty about his supply. This is a reminder of both the faithfulness and the ability of God. In contrast to humans who may have the desire to help but the inability to perform, God has unmitigated determination and unlimited power to bring blessing to each of his people. Of course, it is their needs that are met. We have to be careful that we don’t regard God as continually having to supply everything we desire for a comfortable life. He has not promised a trouble-free life, but he has promised his grace will be sufficient for every situation that will come our way.
So this verse teaches that the covenant God will certainly and comprehensively help each of his children. Note that Paul does not say that they will be helped out of God’s riches. Instead our needs will be met according to God’s riches in glory. A rich man could give a £1 in the offering – he would be giving out of his riches but he would not be giving according to his wealth.
Further, Paul reminds the Philippians that the administration of the heavenly riches is in the hands of Jesus Christ. Whatever we need for our spiritual journey, Jesus will deliver it personally to our souls through the work of the heavenly Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

The Philippians had not lost although they had given sacrificially. Instead their earthly prospects were brighter, and no one on earth could describe their heavenly reward.

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