Hello, My Name is ... God | Philippians 4:18
Philippians 4:18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
God will always provide exactly what we need. But normally his provisions do not fall from the sky or appear on the ground like manna in the Old Testament. As my mom was fond of saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Most of the time God provides through others. In today’s passage, Paul was “amply supplied” through the gifts of the Philippians.
God has been teaching me a lot about provisions lately. Here are a couple things I’m learning.
- I used to be hesitant to talk about money. But no longer. God owns it all and we are only stewards. I have no problem asking people to prayerfully consider how God would have them use his resources. If the resources belong to you, I would be presumptuous to ask for them. But since they belong to God, it is my responsibility to challenge individuals to be good stewards.
- I am not beholden to people who give. The giver is simply the vehicle through which God works. The gifts are certainly appreciated and are a “fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” But the praise goes to God, not the person. God alone is Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord will Provide).
Father, thank you for your provisions. Thank you for providing the basic needs of our lives. Like Paul, we are amply supplied. Help us to trust in you as our Provider. Help us to depend on you to give us everything we need to do all you’ve called us to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.