Have you ever felt like that was happening to you? Finally (!) you’ve gotten to the point where you think you’ve got a pretty good handle on what’s happening in your life. You’ve got a plan and you’re working the plan…and then…whoops! There you go! Out of nowhere, there’s that big ugly “whatever-it-is” that arrives with a bang and a shout to throw you off your game. All of a sudden, your life looks totally different than it did the day before.
Wake up, Alice, it happens to all of us.
Really. It does. You are not alone! In fact, if you’ve got God in your life you are NEVER alone.
If this reads like your life today, here’s a bit of good news:
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Did you get that?
Read it again. And then again. MEMORIZE this one! It’s important!
It says that the God who is PERSONAL to you will supply all your needs! He knows exactly what you need because He knows YOU! The answers you need are not some generic one-size-fits-all response. The answers you need will be given to you on a moment-by-moment evaluation of the situation and provided by the God who knows everything—by the One who knows you best and loves you most!
It says that He will supply ALL of your needs—not just some of them! Don’t mistake that statement for a blank check that will cover everything you’ve ever wanted. The One who knows all things certainly knows that there are many days when what we want and what we need are entirely different things! (When He throws in what you want in addition to what you need…well now, that’s just a bonus…because He can–and He so often does!)
It says He’s going to supply all of your needs according to HIS RICHES in glory—not your riches/financial worth, not whether or not you’re in a good mood, not whether or not other people think you deserve it. This one’s all on Him! It’s all going to come from the Source of all blessing straight to you.
It says He’s going to supply those needs by Christ Jesus. There is no more powerful name in all the world. There is no more needed answer than to have Christ Jesus in your life. There is no other name by which you may be saved (Acts 4:12)—and when you’re down that rabbit hole, you need to be saved! Salvation is always the heart of the matter. Don’t overlook the importance of this step! It makes all the other ones possible!
As I read this verse, I love that Paul is talking to a bunch of people who have been facing difficult days. He’s talking to a group of people who’ve had a bit of trouble getting along. He’s talking to people who need to be reminded not to be anxious (Phil. 4:6). Sounds a lot like what we face today, doesn’t it?
There’s a reason for that. God’s word is timeless: written by a God who never changes to a people whose only hope is in Him. That was true then, it is true now and it will be true no matter what date in the future you find yourself facing another rabbit-hole situation.
More good news? No matter where you land, if you’re holding on to Him and staying in His word…you’ll have exactly what you need exactly when you need it.
Sounds like we might have actually landed on a treasure!