Philippians 4:19 (MSG) You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.
This verse would have to be one of the greatest promises you will find in the Bible where God promises “everything you need!”
Difficult to believe? Well, believe it because that’s exactly what it is saying, even in the Greek.
That word “everything” is the Greek word “pas.” It means anything, everything, anytime, every time. So it’s not just talking about financial needs or spiritual needs, it is talking about ALL of your needs, ANY kind of need. God is saying I will meet your every need in life!
Wow, that is such an enormous promise. So why then aren’t all the needs of so many Christians met? There is a theological answer but there’s also a logical answer. Let me give you the logical answer first.
The logical answer is God says He will meet your every need, not your every want! We do serve a God whom David said: “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” But there are many wants that we seek which are not all that important – they are not really needs. I don’t really need ten new pairs of shoes even though I want to have ten new pairs of shoes. I don’t need to live in the finest suburb or send my child to the most prestigious school. I need accommodation and an education, but can you see the difference between need and want? So maybe what you are interpreting as a need, is just a want.
Theologically, the reason not every Christian has their needs met is because there is a ‘Premise’ for every ‘Promise’ in the Bible. That is, there is a condition that comes with all of God’s promises. It begins with salvation – God says salvation is a free gift, it’s by grace, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. So you cannot just receive this free gift of salvation by the grace of God alone. The condition is you need to believe or put your faith in His Son, Jesus Christ and what He did for you on the cross.
And there is a condition attached to this great promise in Philippians 4:19. It’s not that difficult to identify, just look at the context:
- First, the verses preceding vs19 are talking about the generosity of the Philippian church.
- Second, the context of the whole book of Philippians is it’s ‘a thank you letter’ for the generous gift Paul received from the Philippian church.
- Finally, the Philippian church is the most generous church that Paul boasts about in 2 Corinthians 8.
So the condition to this great promise that God will take care of your every need is “Generosity.” This is not surprising because that is the most reiterated quality or characteristic in the Bible about God – that He is generous. He is also love, that is mentioned over 500 times, but His spirit of generosity and this quality of giving is mentioned over 2000 times!
John 3:16 says For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.
God’s generosity is motivated by His love, and when you allow His love to motivate everything you do, this spirit of generosity will naturally flow out of you activating this incredible promise where God will meet your every need!
Pastor Wayne Simpson
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY