Devotion, February 13, 2021
“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Here is a note from The Believers Bible Commentary (with some editing). “Now Paul adds what is perhaps the best-known and best-loved verse in this entire chapter. We should notice that this promise follows the description of the Philippian’s faithful stewardship. In other words, because they had given of their material resources to God, even to the point where their own livelihood was endangered, God would supply their every need. How easy it is to take this verse out of context and use it as a soft pillow for Christians who are squandering their money on themselves with seldom a thought for the work of God! ‘That’s all right. God will supply all your need.’”
“While it is true in a general sense that God does supply His people’s needs, this is a specific promise to those who are faithful and devoted in their giving to Christ. They will never suffer lack.”
“It has often been remarked that God supplies the needs of His people—not out of His riches, but according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. If a millionaire gave a dime to a child, he would be giving out of his riches. But if he gave a hundred thousand dollars to some worthy cause, he would be giving according to his riches. God’s supply is according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, and nothing could be richer than that!”
In other words, be faithful in your giving to others, and God will be more than faithful to you. And remember, God loves a cheerful giver.
Father, I thank You for this promise that as I practice good stewardship of the wealth You have entrusted to me, I will never suffer want. As I give to Christian causes, You make sure that my needs are abundantly met. It seems like the more I give, the more I receive in return. Thank You for providing all my needs through Jesus Christ, Amen.