My Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:19
“But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.”
This Bible verse is one of my favorite promises. If you have never needed anything you may not be able to appreciate it. But I'm sure you have had some need in your life. We all have physical, emotional, and spiritual needs – we live in an imperfect world.
Please look at this inspirational Bible verse with me by analyzing each of the phrases; “but my God,” “shall supply all your needs,” “according to His riches in Glory,” and the last one - “by Christ Jesus.”
"But my God..."
“But my God...” Notice how Paul, the writer, personalizes his instruction. He could have said, “your God” as in, your God shall supply all your needs. But he never did.
This shows that the writer of this verse was well acquainted with the God of whom he wrote. Consider the wife of the president of a country telling a fellow countryman what their president plans to do. She could very well say, “your president” or “our president” will do such and such.
What if, instead, she says, “my husband shall take care of that situation soon?” Not only will she be expressing more confidence in the the president to fulfill the expected, but her words are more convincing since she knows the president more than the other citizen does – he is her husband.
In this Bible verse, Paul speaks as one who is well acquainted with the God of whom he speaks. In order to claim this promise we need to get to know God in an experiential way. He needs to be our Friend. Now, let's look at the next phrase.
“shall supply all your needs...”
Here is assurance! Note, “shall,” not “will” or “may” supply. And God's storehouse is not like your neighborhood department store, where some goods may be out of stock or be limited sometimes. God will supply all our needs.
Why just needs, though? Suppose we badly want some things, and we become unhappy if we don't get it?
Well, I don't suppose we think God will be like a big daddy who spoils his little girl by giving her every single thing she asks for. That's why we need to ask according to His will (1 John 5:14).
So, God promises to meet all our needs. But notice this: even though we are considering this text as four separate phrases, you will only get the full meaning when you connect this phrase to the next one.
So let's connect both phrases: “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory...” Hold it there; we'll look at the rest of the verse later.
“according to His riches in Glory...”
Is this a condition or a qualification of sorts? Well, I gather that God is willing and able to supply all our needs based on His riches in Glory.
This puts a “cosmic” frame of reference on God's supply. It's bigger than we often think! According to His riches in Glory, God shall supply all our needs. How about that?
All throughout the Bible, God's dealing with mankind seems to be summoning us to look at the bigger picture – I call this, 'taking the cosmic view'.
Friend, God wants us to have more than this world could ever offer. He wants us to inherit eternal life. Seventy, 80, 90, or so, years of life is too short. God's glorious riches are “out of this world!”
This doesn't mean that God is not willing to have us prosper in this world. This Bible verse is not saying that. It suggests [however] that God wants to meet not just our immediate, earthly needs, but our eternal needs as well – the need to be in Glory with Him.
I love this encouraging Bible verse. I hope you do too. Now, let's look at the whole verse as we wrap this up.
“by Christ Jesus.”
This inspiring Bible verse says, “But my God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.”
God has chosen to bless us through Jesus Christ. In fact, it's through Him we find salvation. He even said, “No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
Christ is our channel of blessing. He is our Savior. Jesus is our eternal source of blessing, and through Him, and by Him, God shall supply all our needs.
This is the assurance we have and it will not expire or be negated when we die. “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” - Ephesians 2:7
Even in the new earth (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1, 5) that God will make, Jesus will continue to shower us with “His riches and His grace.”
That's my Kind of God! He is forever gracious, and He is faithful. So I have no need to worry, because; “My God shall supply all [my] needs, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Let's get to know Him better each day as Friend and Savior. Then, “let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” - Hebrews 4:16
For your God is willing to “supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.” This is Heaven's hope for you.
God bless you.