Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”
1 Kings 8:56, “There has not failed one word of all His good promise”
Dr. Harry Ironside tells of a never-to-be-forgotten night when he was privileged to have in his possession overnight the Bible of the great preacher and evangelist, Dwight L. Moody. He was thumbing through the Bible, looking at the many notes that Mr. Moody had penned alongside the verses, and in the margin alongside Philippians 4:19 he found written the following:
“The Christian’s Bank Note: President of the bank – ‘My God’; promise to pay – ‘shall supply’; the amount – ‘all you need’; the capital of the bank – ‘according to His riches in glory’; the Cashier’s name – ‘Christ Jesus.’”
Moody also noted that the amount was left blank so that each one could make his claim according to the measure of his need. How wonderful that Heaven’s bank is always open and available to the believer in Christ, there is never a “closed” sign on the door, and the capital of the bank has never been in danger of falling short.
This is not a “rainy day” fund to be used only in cases of emergency. This is a promise for every day, and we are encouraged to look to God for the daily supply of our need. It is not just a beautiful sentiment to decorate our walls in our homes, but a vital and practical promise from our Heavenly Father to give us daily assurance of His, mercy, grace and everlasting love. In the presence of such divine provision, we have no excuse to live in spiritual poverty.
A man lived in northern Michigan went for a walk in a densely forested area. When darkness began to settle in, he decided it was time to head for home. He was familiar with hiking in the woods and felt he had a keen sense of direction, so he didn’t bother to look at his compass. After walking for a long time, though, he decided he’d better check it. He was surprised to see that the compass indicated he was going west, not east as he had thought.
However, he was so sure of his own sense of direction that he concluded there must be something wrong with the compass. He was about to throw it away in disgust when this thought came to him: My compass has never lied to me yet, maybe I should believe it. So, he chose to follow its direction and soon found his way out of the woods and back home.
My beloved, there is One who will never lead us astray and will supply all you need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. His instructions and promises are always trustworthy. What God promises, He performs. In 1 Kings 8:56, Solomon told the congregation of Israel that not “one word of all His good promise” had failed. If we think so highly of our own judgment that we refuse to rely on God’s Word, we are just asking for trouble and will only become more confused. His words have never failed, and they never will. You can count on it!
If you want to be rich, count all the things you have that money can’t buy and above all the Bible always will point the believer in the right direction.