Philippians 4:19 – “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” NASB
I have said many times, “The Bible is an Amazing Book!” That is an understatement and quite obvious, but some still seem to miss its importance and impact. It has a word for every man and an answer for every situation. God does not sit idle or remain silent in the face of man’s dilemma but speaks and acts! He is not only Sovereign but Active! That is Amazing and Powerful!
Charles Spurgeon, arguably one of the greatest preachers of any time said that he constantly feared lest amid preaching he would fall into preaching about the Gospel rather than preaching the Gospel. That is arresting to this preacher. His counter to that potential dilemma was, he would select a passage so familiar that there was virtually nothing new to say about it. That compelled him to declare the Plain Truths of the Gospel without the slightest attempt at novelty or brilliance. Just the Gospel and nothing more!
The verse that I am using for this devotional is one of those passages. It is one of the best known and best-loved by believers everywhere. It is quoted often to comfort and inspire the heart in troubled times and times of need. It has blessed more hearts than can be counted. It has been preached upon times without number. Who shall say anything new about it? Who needs to say anything new about it? It speaks for itself and is incredibly powerful.
For me, this verse becomes fresh and new every time I read it. It is Alive! It is alive with Promise. It is alive with Hope. It is alive with Power. It is alive with Potential. “But my God shall…” “But my God shall…” Let that resonate and echo in your heart and mind. He is my God. He is your God. He is Alive and Active!
I find it very interesting and intriguing to note the background of this passage. Here the apostle Paul in a time of poverty, imprisonment, abandonment, and need had just received a love-gift from the little church in Philippi far away. The gift may or may not have been much in terms of money, but the love behind it was priceless in the mind of the apostle. It was here that he writes: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Wow! The one blessed becomes the blesser and releases this powerful word of blessing upon those who had blessed him.
The verse was written in response to the Philippian Church’s act of love and benevolence, but the verse is not simply an expression of goodwill. It is more than a ‘thank you card.’ It has power beyond what is seen on the surface.
IT IS AN ASSURANCE…
This incredible prayer or blessing came from an inspired pen and is a God-given pledge to all of us of His Divine Sufficiency. What a Promise! What a Pledge! What a source of Hope, Strength, Power, and Inspiration! “But my God shall…” The emphasis is on God and shall.
Sometimes impious men take the expression “My God” in a blasphemous oath. But the believer can take these words on his/her lips and find the sweetness and strength of the Almighty, “My God!” Listen to the sound of completeness in those two words, “My God!”
It is Personal, He is My God! In a general sense, He is God to every human being. In Him, we live and move and have being. It is to Him that we will all give account. But in a personal sense, He is “My God!” It reveals a Covenant Relationship. The Eternal God has promised to provide for us. The Eternal, uncreated God without beginning or end has promised to Care for us. That is incredible!
It is in His Covenant that we find Grace and the Hope of Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 10:29, “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them from My Father’s hand.” Hallelujah! He repeats that in a fashion in John 17.
Therefore, it is by His Covenant that the Words of God through the prophet become applicable to God’s people. He said, “I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” What a Promise! He is My God! He has chosen to be My God! If He is “My God” then how dare I say anything less than “He will supply all my need!”
I want to pursue this further but will pause here for today and tomorrow consider the Incredible Promise of this declaration. May the LORD be with you, guard and guide you as you embark on today’s leg of life’s journey.
Be Blessed richly is my prayer and desire!