Philippians 4: 19 says, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." This is a bible verse
often quoted by those who are in a state of need desperate holding onto the promise that God will come in and save the day. And although there is a GREAT truth that, because Jesus is our SAVIOR, we often can misinterpret scripture by pulling it away from its partner verses. Let mm tell you why this is important...
Philippians 4: 10-20
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Like verse 12 says, we as a family have definitely know what it is to be in need, where you have an empty fridge and are on the last roll of toilet paper, just waiting for any type of provision to come in AND we also know what it is like to be given an abundance where you actually have the option to buy a new TV or donate large sums of money. BOTH have happened in our lives and although we may lean on one end of the spectrum more than the other, we have not yet learned what it is to be "content whatever the circumstances" (vs 11). We panic. We pray. We worry. We have faith. It becomes our roller coaster.... but the question remains is, "HOW THE HECK TO DO YOU STAY CONTENT?!?!" There have been many moments of content... but "staying"??
Personally, we often tend run to the verses that provide the most hope and can be faith boosters at times.
.... Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?....
and another favorite
... I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber....
But one of the KEY things that has taken us a long time to realize is that one of the keys to this Philippians 4 mystery of being content lays just a few verses above...
Philippians 4: 4- 7 says,
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Rejoice??... Yes, we pray. Yes, we petition. But how is any of that done in thanksgiving and not anxiousness? How is that done grateful? How is that done content?... ... ...
In looking at verse 4, the answer is clear... its BY REJOICING! Rejoicing is an action.. an action that demands a response and that response comes from the heart. The heart becomes content.
So, we celebrate! We look at His goodness and honor Him in that! Taking our eyes off the need and seeing what He's ACTUALLY done already! He is and it is praise worthy!
So, here we go.... in our ongoing time of need.... celebrate with us the goodness He has done within our area of need and see with your own eyes His amazing provision!
Be encouraged that no matter what your circumstances look like, He is always providing... what is the history of God's provision in your life?