“And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
This verse is a popular verse often quoted out of context.
“And my God shall supply all your need”
The “and” indicates that v. 19 is an outcome of what Paul has just said. This paragraph treats God’s faithfulness in using the Philippians to meet Paul’s financial needs in jail. The Philippians met Paul’s need. Now God would meet their need. This is a quid pro quo. God used the Philippians to meet Paul’s need in jail. God would also meet the Philippians’ ability to give. What affected Paul affected God. God would exchange compliments. God is faithful to His people. He will not stand in debt to His people.
The context of God meeting our financial needs is in the environment of our meeting the needs of others. In verse 18, the Philippians gave an acceptable sacrifice that was a sweet-smelling aroma to God. If everything was flowing out and nothing flowing in, the Philippians would themselves be put in jeopardy financially. God will not allow those who give sacrificially to go in want. We cannot out-give God. He has a bigger shovel.
The promise here was that God would supply “all” the needs of the Philippians, not just some of them. God’s supply is comprehensive of every type of need. Whether our need is temporal or spiritual, God will meet it.
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
“Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” (Ps. 37:25)
“Honor the Lord with our possession,
And with the firstfruits of all you increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.”
God supplies our needs when we meet someone else’s needs.
God will commemorate sacrificial giving. Are you generous with others? Are you a stingy person? Is the reason you hang onto your money so tightly that you do not believe that God will supply your need? Do you believe that God will “resupply” you if you give to His cause? God’s commemorative giving does not apply to every believer. It applies only to those who have given sacrificially. Do you believe God will reimburse your generosity?
I understand this fully. God supplied my need during a hard time years ago. It was through others that my needs were met because it was through God that their needs were met which enabled them to help me. I know we can’t out give God but I sure want to try through helping others with their needs.
A very good exposition, very nicely presented.
– S.M.Joseph Selvarathnam
Giving to others is a true and sure way to prosperity