Philippians 4:19 - And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (New King James Version)
Some people will use this verse to justify their greed. They reason that they need something when in reality, they don't. On the other hand, some people tend to think of this verse as referring to spiritual blessings exclusively. As for their own practical needs, it is up to them to meet them and they just might believe they are doing that until they lose their job, get sick, find themselves widowed or divorced and so forth. Suddenly the things which they believed to be their resource is stripped away from them and I know from personal experience, that at least initially, that can be a terrifying place to be.
Paul writes that God shall supply all your need. To me that does not just mean physical nor does it just mean spiritual. It means all. We can trust that God will provide what we need when we need it. Notice I did not say what we want when we want it. There is a difference.
In 2013, my husband and I did not know how we were going to meet our monthly bills. In 2007/2008, I had been treated for cancer. In December 2009 I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and stroke and had to retire for medical reasons. My husband had lost his job the end of 2012 and in addition to our "normal" expenses, our health insurance premium rose to nearly $1,000.00 a month under COBRA. It did not look good fo us. In fact, it looked like we would be plunged deeper into debt, be unable to pay our monthly expenses and probably lose our home.
Perhaps you are in that sort of a place right now. You simply do not know how you are going to get through the day let alone the week, month or year. You cry out to God and expect flashing lights, puffs of colored smoke and VOILA! You win the lottery and all of your problems are solved. Sometimes God works God works in dramatic ways like parting the Red Sea and delivering people from furnaces and lions' dens. More often than not though, He gives you manna. He simply provides exactly what you need when you need it. No more and no less. Is not manna God's way of providing and delivering as well?
Thoughout 2013, my husband and I feasted on manna. I would like to tell you we never got tired of it but we did. Sometimes we got just like the Israelites did. Though my husband did not have full time work, every month in a variety of ways, God provided the means for us to pay our bills as they became due, buy our groceries, put gas in our vehicles and so forth. He even provided the funds for my husband to complete three semester of grad school without having to borrow a dime. As he has become acquainted with fellow students in the program they have said, "Oh, but you can take out a student loan each year that will cover your tuition and expenses. That's what I did and you should do that." My husband smiles and says, "We believe God wants us to get out of debt, not accrue more. If He wants me to complete the program, He will provide the money for us to do so. If He does not provide the funds, then it is time for me to stop until He does." That is exactly what God has been doing since September 2013 and God has just provided the funds for next fall as well."
Perhaps you are feasting on manna. While it is delicious there are times you look around and think to yourself, "Why must I eat manna all of the time? I am tired of it and would like something else." That's when you must remember that you are eating the bread of Heaven and there is nothing like it. Someday this particular journey will end and you will feast on milk and honey but until then... thank God His gift of manna.
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Love your message. Boy the years God took to gently bring me to understand no matter the hurt in life ... He understood my needs vs. wants then getting me too; what an ever loving and patient Heavenly Father!
Yes. GOD is our supply. I have been unemployed for 5 years. But, no one meal I am not well fed. No one bill I do not have money to pay. GOD provide, give, supply, care, love, relief... Great blog. Extol the LORD, the Creator.