Scripture: Philippians 4:19
The promise: “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
Observation: In his closing remarks to the Philippians, Paul thanks the people for their generous financial support and shares that just as God has provided for him through their generosity, God will provide for each of them, too.
Application: Wouldn’t it be nice to be a baby? Seriously. Those tiny humans have the best life. Someone constantly feeds them, changes them, rocks them, plays with them, bathes them – they have every single one of their needs cared for and not a worry in this world. A few weeks ago, we bought a turtle-shaped thermometer so that we could consistently achieve the recommended 100 degree water temperature for our little munchkin during bathtime. (Obviously, the “test-it-with-your-hand-and-make-sure-it-feels-okay” trick isn’t enough anymore. We gladly gave Amazon our $15 to ensure bathtime perfection. #newparentprobs)
As parents, we do everything we can to ensure that our baby has all of his needs taken care of. (Although, let’s be honest – a bathtime temperature toy definitely falls into the “want”/ “Amazon can convince me to buy anything and everything with their Daily Deals/Your Recommendations/Free Two-Day Shipping” category.) We care about him deeply because he’s our son, and we want to supply his every need.
Can you imagine having someone who cares about you so deeply – whether you’re in your 20s or 40s or 60s, whether you have children of your own or feel like you’re barely more than a kid yourself – that you will always, always be taken care of?
No matter who we are or where we live or what we do, we’re all children. We’re sons and daughters, adopted into the greatest family of all through faith in Christ Jesus, and we have a Father who will always take care of us.
So many times, we mistake our wants, our I-need-a-bathtub-temperature-reader-toy-and-I-need-it-now, for “needs.” We fix our eyes on our circumstances and temporary desires rather than on the fulfilling love, peace, and joy of our Father, who created us and sustains us.
In Paul’s final words to the Philippians, he expresses his deep contentment. He’s certainly not content because of his circumstances – this is the man who was beaten, jailed, and shipwrecked in his pursuit of spreading the gospel. His contentment isn’t based on his circumstances; it’s based on his God who is bigger than all of his circumstances.
And just as God supplied all of Paul’s needs “from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus,” he will supply all of our needs, too.
He is our everything, and we have everything we need in Him.
Here’s how David expresses it in Psalm 23:1-4:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.”
Speak David’s words and truth over yourself today: “The Lord is my guide, and he has supplied all of my needs. He gives me rest, peace, and strength. He shows me what to be and where to go. Even when I face the toughest, darkest circumstances, He is with me and for me.”
Prayer: God, thank you for supplying all of our needs. Thank you for Jesus, for the cross, how we are free from the need to “do” because of his sacrifice. We don’t deserve anything, yet you lavishly pour out your blessings, giving us everything we need. I praise you for that today. Amen.
Digging Deeper: Take a few minutes to memorize today's focus verse. Write it on a sticky note to put on your car dashboard or mirror, set it as the lock screen on your phone, say it aloud a few times throughout the day -- whatever will help make it stick.