Vol. 9, Issue 1: November 2016

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

We’re coming to the end of Paul’s joyful letter to his friends at Philippi. Closing words need to be held especially dear, for they are a “final” glimpse of the writer’s heart.  Here in verse 19, Paul shares a prayer of assurance for this dear group. They had helped to meet Paul’s need (:18), and he knows the Lord will continue to supply for them in their ongoing lives.

I see a few things to take away from this passage. First, giving and receiving should all be enveloped in prayer. God wants to direct my receiving of His blessing (with thankful heart) and my sharing of His bounty (with His discernment), and prayer is the highway upon which those transactions pass.

Likewise, we should never fail to see that we are often holding the answer to our prayer for others’ needs. We should note, if the Lord directs our praying, He also aims to direct our response. Remember that the Lord’s half-brother James warns us about praying the “be warmed and filled” words (Jas. 2:14-17). The family of God cares for one another, and sacrifices for one another. That’s what families headed by selfless adults should do.

God always supplies just enough, just in time. I was taught the head-knowledge of this years ago, but it has taken decades to travel the scant inches to my heart. God always blesses those who bless others, by providing according to His riches, not our own…

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure, His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

Annie J. Flint; He Giveth More Grace