Philippians 4:19, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
The story has been told of a frail little woman who had suffered a fall that resulted in a bad hip fracture. The doctor set the bones as best he could, but a concerned look on his face revealed the seriousness of her condition. The next day when he visited his patient in the hospital, she was in great anxiety. “Oh, Doctor,” she begged, “how long am I going to have to stay in bed?” With great wisdom and tenderness he replied, “Only one day – one day at a time!” That was good psychology and Biblical counsel!
Jesus taught the same important lesson when He said, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). If you think about it for awhile, the Bible is full of stories of people not realizing what their true needs were, and yet God lovingly provided them at the right time such as:
(1) Joseph spent years in a prison cell for something he didn’t do; he certainly must have thought “I need to get out of here!” And yet we know that Joseph actually needed to stay in the prison until Pharaoh himself would bring him out.
(2) In the book of John you can read the story of the Samaritan woman at the well. She thought that she needed a bucket of water, and yet Jesus showed her the real need of her heart.
(3) Someone captured this important truth in poetic form and penned these words, “I heard a voice at evening softly say, “Bear not your yesterday into tomorrow, Nor load this week with last week’s load of sorrow; Lift all your burdens as they come, nor try To weigh the present with the by-and-by; One step and then another, take your way – Live day by day!
My beloved, God’s help and guidance are given like manna in the wilderness – one day’s supply at a time and when it’s needed.
Try as we might to prepare for life’s needs, we don’t always succeed. The unexpected happens and we panic. We’re not sure what to do. It’s at those times we can rely on our Lord’s willingness and ability to meet our needs, not only physically but spiritually as well. One of the most soul-satisfying truths in the world is that God, our Creator, will provide for the needs of His precious children. Thus, if we focus on God’s perfect provision we will reap a richness of joy, peace, trust, and thankfulness in our hearts. No one can provide for our daily provision like God can, for only He has perfect: (1) Knowledge of our needs, (2) Power to provide for them, and (3) Love to act on your behalf.
Thus, God’s perfect knowledge, power, and love stand in sharp contrast to our own imperfections. While writing this my thoughts were directed to Exodus 16:11-16. This portion of Scripture describes how God gave the Israelites quail and manna. God provided the day-by-day provisions for His people as they marched 40 years through the wilderness. My beloved, God hasn’t changed because He still provides for His people, you and me, day-by-day. However, just like the Israelites, we can easily fall into a habit of complaining and despair, especially when life isn’t going smoothly or we don’t know what the future holds.
When this occurs we must make a purposeful decision to turn to God and trust Him for our daily needs. He wants to show us that He is our Lord and our provider, just as He showed the grumbling Israelites during their time in the wilderness. So, don’t let despair take over your emotions! Instead, with unwavering faith, look to God for help and guidance, day-by-day, because He can be trusted! An unknown author put it this way, “”When you have nothing left but God, you become aware that He is enough.” Thus, the words of Philippians 4:19 reassure us, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
No one is more secure than the one who is held in the hands of God