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Weekly Bible Verse – God Supplies Our Needs
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…