Do you ever wonder why so many people suffer from lack of food, clothing, or money? In light of this passage, it’s especially difficult to believe God always provides when it appears to us that believers may not have everything they need.
“And my God will supply all your needs …”
Sweet friend, ponder this: perhaps it is because our greatest needs are not material. If you haven’t meditated on the previous passage (Philippians 4:11-13), I encourage you to pause now and look back. Spend a few minutes reading, re-reading, and prayerfully allowing these God-breathed words to seep into your soul. Paul mentioned his ability to be content in every circumstance. His secret was understanding that his joy wasn’t found in gifts themselves, but in the Giver.
“… according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Let’s reflect on these things from God’s perspective. He is a gift giver. Paul knew the supply of our needs comes through Jesus Christ, and his joy was found in that reality. The most important thing to Paul was not the gifts themselves. How beautiful is this kind of joy! What deep love Paul demonstrated through his own thankfulness for the spiritual reward they would receive because of their financial investments in his ministry. (verse 17) He knew God’s spiritual resources are endless.
Paul had faithful friends and supporters, but we know he did not believe Christ followers would never experience lack. Paul endured many hardships, including being without. (Philippians 4:12) What we are promised is God’s faithfulness to fully supply us with what we need to continue to serve and glorify Him. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Paul’s secret was knowing God is trustworthy to be generous in every way we need Him!
But it was a different kind of secret. It was a “sacred secret” that wasn’t to be kept from public knowledge. It was his explanation regarding his previous instruction to the people in Philippi. He had stated and repeated: Rejoice … always.
“In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content.” (verse 12)
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