“But my God – so great is His wealth of glory in Christ Jesus – will fully supply every need of yours!”
(Philippians 4:19 – Weymouth Translation)
What a wonderful promise this is for us. For Paul this was an issue of personal possession. He could say:
“My God” Some use this phrase as an exclamation or in a profane way, but for Paul this was a relationship that was gloriously real. In 2 Timothy 1:12 he asserts the same thought when he says, “I know who I have believed.” Can you say “My God” recognizing that it is a statement of reality or just an exclamation in conversation?
Paul reiterates that God has promised to supply our needs. The phrase “Shall supply” indicates both certainty and security. The text does not say “may supply” or “Perhaps will supply”, but “shall”. This means that it is with confidence that we can bring our needs to Him, counting on His faithfulness. Lamentations 3:23 reminds us “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
We also notice that God’s supply is limitless – He will supply “all your needs”, this is both on the material and spiritual levels. Notice that the verse does no say “All your wants” but “All your needs.” There is a difference!!!
Our needs will be met according to “His riches in glory”. How wonderful that it does not say “According to what we deserve” or “According to what we earn”, but “According to His riches”. This is our heavenly deposit; His riches are limitless. They never run out and there is enough for every need.
His riches are available to us “In Christ.” God honors our request because of His Son…wow!!
George Mueller, founder of the Bristol Orphanage in England, was relating some of his experiences in providing food for the orphans each day. When he had finished, his friend replied, “You seem to live from hand to mouth.” “Yes,” replied Mueller, “It is my mouth, but God’s hand!!” How true for us!!