But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, Amen.
We are so quick to claim this!
Let us first look at when and why it was said. Philippians 4 is chock full of oft quoted verses!
Paul wrote: “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Ring a bell? “In every thing give thanks: for this is The Will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
Paul next wrote: “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
I have never stopped being amazed at the experience of Paul! His father? He was from Tarsus. He traced his lineage back through the (Israelite) tribe of Benjamin. He was a Roman citizen, and thereby bequeathed or passed that same citizenship down to his son, Saul/Paul. He too was a Pharisee, as was, it seems, his wife (Acts 23:6: “…the son of Pharisees”)
Our next “Memory verse”: “I can do all things through Christ Who strengtheneth me.” Can you? Do you?
Our memory chapter goes on! “Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.” What Paul endured at a distance they endured, not having much they all contributed to his needs/wants!
What exactly did they do in Philippi? “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again unto my necessity.”
A moment ago, it was pointed out their blessings (plural, for doing what they did. Do you?)
We go on and read what else Paul wrote: “Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” They were sowing and reaped amazing things! Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one whosows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one whosows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.