19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Paul is a master at using the right words. Here, I love the fact that he says “My God”. He does not say our God, or your God or just God. You might say why is that a big deal? Here’s how I see it.
The Philippians knew that Paul’s God had delivered him from Prison right there in Philippi. They knew that his God knocked him off a horse and blinded him on the road to Damascus in an amazing conversion experience. They knew that Paul had been beaten and stoned and shipwrecked, and his God had kept him in every situation. They knew that Paul trusted his God without question. Paul was always taken care of by his God.
Now they had heard Paul talk about his God, and those in the church had accepted his God as their own. But they had no personal experience with this God, not like Paul had. Oh, some may have experienced healing, or answered prayer, but not like Paul. So Paul lets them know that his God, the one that had been faithful to him, would supply all their needs. If Paul had said your God, they might not have had as much faith to believe, but they know what Paul’s God had done.
It makes me wonder if I shouldn’t use that term with people who have little faith. Right now, I might say God will hear your prayers. But if they have little faith, will they believe God can do that? Whereas if I share what God has done for me, and tell them My God can do it for you, will that strengthen their faith? Something to ponder!
The second things about this verse is that God will supply our needs, not our wants. I see a lot of Christians use this verse to claim God’s provision on things that clearly are not needs. To me, this is very presumptive. Isn’t God graceful enough without presuming He is just some magic machine that will give us whatever we want? People use Psalm 37:4 the same way “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give the desires of our heart”. I believe this verse means He will give you His desires in your heart, not that he will give you whatever your heart desires. Matt 6:33 tells us that is we seek first the kingdom of God and Hs righteousness, all these things (he necessities of life) will be added to us. Nothing about wants – just needs.
Can we learn to be content with our needs met? Or must we have a God who meets our wants as well? For me, I prefer to be happy when He supplies my needs – that is gracious enough. I don’t really deserve anything from God!
All of this is according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. It is Christ who made it possible. Jesus Christ paid the price at Calvary when He willingly laid down His life to redeem me from my sin. if I want this verse to apply to my life, I need to accept that sacrifice as a substitute for me and my sin, and allow Jesus to be Lord of my life. Th promise of this verse is BY Christ Jesus, meaning that Christ is an integral part of the promise. By Christ Jesus means that He is the vehicle through which these needs will be supplied. I need to have Him active in my life to claim this promise. What an awesome God we serve, that He would take time to meet my needs!