“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Here we find the Apostle Paul in the closing chapter in his letter to the Philippians, commending them for their support of him with a generous offering, and assuring them that God would meet their every need according to His “glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” His deepest desire was for them to understand the importance of supporting the ongoing work of advancing the gospel of Christ, and that in doing so, God would be forever faithful to support them and to meet their needs. According to Barne’s commentary in referring to God’s ‘glorious riches’, “The word ‘riches’ here means, His abundant fullness; His possessing all things; His inexhaustible ability to supply their needs.” In another of Paul’s writings, Ephesians 3:16-17 he states, “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in Your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Furthermore, Jesus echoed these same truths in His teaching to the disciples regarding not worrying about their provision in the future in book of Luke, “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor, was dressed like one of these…If that is how God clothes the grass of the field…how much more will He clothe you.” (Luke 12:27-28)
Therefore, what we are to understand is that God’s desire to meet our needs goes far beyond merely financial or physical needs, but also our emotional, relational, and especially spiritual needs with Him. For we know that if our relationship with our Creator is in order, all other things pertaining to life over time as we seek Him tend to fall in line under His wisdom, direction, and provision in our lives. There is an awe-inspiring, faith-igniting experience when we see God meet a specific need in our lives, especially when we’ve stepped out in faith to help others, whether it was financially, or giving of our time, talents, even simply offering a listening ear to a friend who is grieving and hurting. God honors those sacrifices as Paul explained to the believers in the church at Philippi, and He reveals Himself by meeting our needs ‘in all of His abundant fullness.” We know that the Lord is our TRUE Shepherd and one of the great passages of scriptures describing this attribute of God is Psalm 23, verse 1a which reveals much about all that God provides for us as He serves that role in our lives, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be left in want..”
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for the promise of being the Ultimate Provider in all areas of our lives. Thank You for reassuring us that we do not have to worry about tomorrow, nor about the specific things we need because You already know what those needs are in our lives. We are called to simply place those needs before You in prayer with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7), allowing Your peace to come over us. You are a good, good Father who desires to provide for His children as we come to You with our specific requests, inviting You into our daily circumstances. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!