This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
AND MY GOD WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY IN CHRIST JESUS · PHILIPPIANS 4:19
Week two, friends! Were you able to memorize last week's verse? Are you ready to add another to your repertoire? This is a good one.
In Acts 16 we learn of Paul's first interactions with the church of Philippi, and here in the book of Philippians we read a letter he wrote to the church later. The purpose of his letter was to praise God for His saving work among the Philippians and to equip them on how to face persecution and false teachers. The letter is full of joy, truth, and love, and is a beautiful example of one mature Christian's discipleship towards newer believers. It's also a wonderful letter for today's Christians to read-- don't we also need a lesson in facing persecution and sorting out false teachers? Can't we think of examples our current country is dealing with in oppression and teachers proclaiming Christ but preaching a different story? The whole book is only four chapters- read the whole thing and glean encouragement and wisdom if you have time!
In the second half of the last chapter, Paul begins talking about how he has learned to be content in all situations; he knows "how to be brought low, and how to abound... the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need." And then he thanks the Philippians for their partnership with him as he has traveled around spreading the Gospel. Just as our missionaries today walk potentially hard lives and need financial supporters, Paul did as well, and he was so grateful for the Lord's help through the church of Philippi. When he was low on food, God provided. When he was low on money, God provided. When he needed a place to stay, God provided. And even as he wrote this letter from prison... God provided joy and peace and purpose. Paul's life has been marked by provision from the Lord even when it looked unlikely, and in verse 19 he encourages the Philippians with our verse. This is what he's saying there: And my God (the God who has provided me with food and shelter and finances) will supply every need of yours, too, according to his riches (that never run out), because of and for those who believe in Jesus Christ.
And just as the rest of this book applies to both the Philippians and us, this verse does, too. When we read Paul's story, or Moses', or even Jesus' we see God provide exactly what each person needs to accomplish his or her purpose here on Earth. God provided manna for the Israelites, and enough bread and fish for those listening to Jesus teach, and he will also provided exactly what you need as you live your life in humble obedience to Him. Does that mean you'll have a big ol' house, a cozy savings account, a new wardrobe every year? You know the answer to that ;) But it does mean that the God who knows all of your needs better than you do will provide every one of them. It's a promise!
And as verse 20 finishes up: "To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." This week, prioritize thanking God for his provision in your life. Ask Him give you eyes that quickly open to see His care, and quickly close on worldly temptations that tear you away from your faith in Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to grow your trust in your Good Father's love for you.