Dec. 24, 2020

What Does Philippians 4:19 Mean?

What Does Philippians 4:19 Mean?

Philippians 4:19 (NIV): 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

In chapter four of Philippians, Paul teaches that God rewards our sacrificial giving. How? By meeting all our needs.

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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In Philippians chapter 4 Paul expresses his sincere gratitude for the financial gift sent by the church in Philippi. Paul teaches us that our sacrificial giving is not only pleasing to God but that God will reward you for it as stated here in Philippian 4 verse 19 from the King James Version, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

Now, what an incredibly comforting verse that we’ve probably all heard quoted. Yes? But now that you know the background of this verse, you know that it’s been taken out of context many times. It’s like people are saying that no matter how you live your life, no matter what you do with your own money, God’s going to take care of you. “Oh, Praise God, brother. My God is going to supply all of my needs because I’m a Christian. I don’t have to Do anything.” 

If we interpret this correctly by seeing everything that Paul has been saying, he’s telling the believers in Philippi that because of how they’ve been so faithful in their giving, God demonstrates His approval to them by supplying all their need. Now, you might be saying, well it was easy for them to give. They were probably wealthy. However, in second Corinthians, Paul says that out of extreme poverty they gave generously. So, we can say that their giving was truly a sacrifice for them. 

So, what need will God supply? I mean are we talking financial? Spiritual? Both? I believe we can safely say it’s whatever you need to fulfill God’s purpose in your life, and that without it, you couldn’t do it. And if we look back at Paul’s letter here, he addresses several spiritual needs like strength to face any circumstance. We need discernment, unity, humbleness. But we also know that we need money to survive. I mean, that’s why Paul is writing this letter in the first place – to thank the church in Philippi for the financial gift. So, yes, I believe it’s both financial and spiritual. 

And finally, Paul says that all this need is given according to God’s riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now that’s huge source of supply. So, you can rest assured, there’s no lack in what God can supply you. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: When God lays it on your heart to give, do not hesitate because His Word promises that He will take care of you, when you take care of others. 

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