Today’s Reading: Philippians 4:14-23 ESV
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
More About Philippians 4:14-23
Written by Denise J. Hughes (First 5 Ministries)
One of the most popular verses in the Bible is found in the final words of Philippians.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
This is such a great verse. It’s one of the first verses I memorized after I committed my life to Christ as a teenager. I loved this verse because it’s one of God’s promises!
In my youthful exuberance, though, I was too quick to construe this promise to mean that God would bless me materially. But as I have grown in my relationship with the Lord, I have also come to understand the importance of context when understanding the ancient text of Scripture.
This popular verse comes shortly after Paul states that he has learned how to be content in any situation, whether he is facing plenty or hunger, abundance or need. (Philippians 4:11-12) Paul isn’t saying that God will always give him an abundance of material blessings; rather, Paul is saying that he has found contentment in God despite whatever circumstances he may be facing.
Paul trusts God to provide for him because God Himself is our abundance, and He is with us in every circumstance we face. God knows what we need even more than we do, and He is faithful to provide, not what we think we need, but what we truly need. And we can trust that God’s intentions, as well as His provisions, are eternally good.
To God be all the glory.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the lavish gifts You love to bestow on Your children. You are the Giver of grace and mercy and compassion – the Giver of light and truth and life. When we think about everything You have sacrificed to give us life, we are overcome with gratitude. There is truly no one like You. Please forgive us when we are tempted to harbor ingratitude in our hearts. Help us to remember all You have already given us. We are so grateful for who You are and for all You have done. Help us to keep our eyes more on You, the Giver, than on the gifts You give. We want to live our lives in steady praise of You. For You are good and true and beautiful. And we love You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Journal Prompt: What are some ways you intentionally cultivate a heart of gratitude in your life?