And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Four observations.

  1. This is not some carte blanch guarantee that we will always have our needs met, much less our desires. Like every verse in the Bible, it must be kept in its context, which has to do with the advancement of the Gospel. In other words, in so far as we are seeking to advance the Gospel by sacrificial giving will our needs met.
  2. Moreover, the “needs” are not limited to financial/material. They could very well be spiritual, just as Paul indicated that he had learned the secret of contentment while suffering for the Gospel (4:12). There were times when Paul’s material needs were not met (2 Cor. 11:27), yet God always met Paul’s spiritual needs. In addition, Paul has already shown that he is primarily concerned about what God will do in them rather than for them (1:9-11; 2:1-5; 2:13; 3:15-16; 4:17).
  3. “According to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” is the great caveat in this verse. It is out of God’s limitless wealth that he provides for our every need as he determines for his maximal glory. Put differently, God’s glory, not your happiness, is the raison d’etre for all that he supplies.
  4. In thanking God openly for what he has done in the Philippians, Paul expresses profound pastoral skill in motivating his converts to growth and Christlike character.
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