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Weekly Bible Verse – God Supplies Our Needs

March 18, 2010 · Filed Under Weekly Bible Verse · Comments 

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

If I were to be honest, I would have to admit that I spend too much of my time thinking about money.  I worry about money way too much; maybe you do as well.  If so, this week’s verse will hopefully serve as a beneficial reminder for both of us. Right there in the Bible it clearly states that God will supply our needs.  If I could get that through my thick skull, I might have a lot of extra time on my hands.

Let’s delve a bit further into this verse.  First, we see that we have to do our part in order to have God do His part.  This is evidenced by the “in Christ Jesus” phrase.  What’s our part then?  We have to be “in Christ Jesus.”  This verse then does not promise to supply everyone’s needs; just those that worship God and rely on Jesus Christ for eternal salvation.  Another part of this equation is that we must be being obedient to God.  If are continually sinning with no remorse and thumbing our nose at God, He’s not necessarily going to meet our needs.

There is one final caveat I’d like to point out today – the verse clearly states that God will supply our “needs.”  Therefore, you need to know the difference between a need and a want.  Actually, you need to know the difference as God would define it.  One of those parenting moments when I really felt like I was getting through to my kids was when I overheard my 5 year-old son telling his 7 year-old sister, “you don’t need it, you just want it!”  (should I be embarrassed to say that was one of my proudest moments as a father?)

Of course, if you want to relieve some burden of worry about money and meeting your own needs, you have to ensure that the one agreeing to meet your needs for you is capable of producing.  Clearly God can accomplish this.  Remember that we must rely on Jesus for our eternal salvation.  I would venture that justifying sinners like you and me with all the wrong we’ve done over the course of our lives is the hard part.  If God can do that, providing for our basic needs certainly is a trivial task for Him.

God bless and have great week…

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6 Responses to “Weekly Bible Verse – God Supplies Our Needs”

  1. Cherelle on March 18th, 2010 4:27 pm

    I completely agree! I often find myself stressing about financial matters, when I know that God has my back, and He has never failed me yet. In fact that’s the only thing that God cannot do! I need to make it a daily practice to cast my cares on Him and know that he CAN and WILL work things out in my favor!

    Great post and God bless :-)

  2. John on March 19th, 2010 12:51 am

    @Cherelle – I love how you put that – God failing you is the “only thing that God cannot do!” That’s awesome…I’ve never quite thought about it that way. Thanks for the insight!

  3. Jose@Christian Business on March 22nd, 2010 3:05 am

    “I worry about money way too much; maybe you do as well.”

    I sometimes catch myself worrying too. But I thank God for always reminding me that there has never been a time in my life when He didn’t provide for all my needs.

    I’m glad God doesn’t give me everything I want. Otherwise, I might easily forget Him.

    Thanks John for this inspiring post.

    Jose
    .-= Jose@Christian Business´s last blog ..What the Bible Teaches Us About Copywriting =-.

  4. Marty on September 13th, 2010 11:17 pm

    I am not so sure. I suffer from a severe nerve disease and lost my job. MY wife is already disabled. We both love God and prayed through many hard times. We struggled just to get medical help without insurance. It took every dime I made to get my wifes meds, I did without. We had times of no power, no water, no food, certainly no medical care. We did without to keep a roof over our heads. We are now losing our home of 15 years.
    We have no idea where we will go.

    During this, I pondered about God meeting needs. I went on a mission trip years ago to Africa. The tribe loved Christ, were saved. It was a different culture, but they truly worshipped God. At the same time they were starving to death, even as missions tried to provide food. Many died from hunger, diseased water, lack of shelter…are those not basic needs. It is estimated in America 2 million children go hungry everyday..doe’s God not care for children.

    All over the world Christians that love God go without basic needs being met. Here in America we
    have lots of government programs for the needy, but is that God. Still, it isn’t enough and most third world nations don’t have these programs. I’m not sure what this verse means, but I can’t connect it to God will provide our basic needs.

  5. John on September 15th, 2010 11:47 pm

    @Marty – your personal experience reminds me of Job’s. He went through a tremendous amount in his life, just like you have obviously gone through a lot of hard times. I have pondered some of your points before, actually. And unfortunately, I don’t have any good insights for you. Certainly Christians, like everyone else, get sick and hurt and die. Life seems like a basic need, so, yeah, some good points to ponder. It just wasn’t meant to be like this – sin screwed this place up – but there is hope that one day it will all be restored.
    “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” Rev 21:4

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