2020-11-01 He Will Supply Your Every Need

Cornerstone EPC                                                                              Sunday morning
Franklin, NC 28734                                                                          November 1, 2020

“He Will Supply Your Every Need”
Philippians 4:14-20

Last week, in the first five verses of Psalm 103, we heard the Lord say to us, in sum, “Praise the LORD…and forget not all His benefits….”  We continue today to look at the benefits that flow to us by virtue of our union with Christ.  Today we look at God’s full provision for us in the Person of His Son, and we do this by looking at today’s text—a text near the end of Paul’s Spirit-led letter to the church at Philippi.  Once again, let us hear the reading and proclamation of God’s Word in this place.

(HERE READ THE TEXT)

Paul, at long last in this letter, thanks the Philippians for their gift.  This, after all, is the occasion for the letter, but it has taken considerable time and ink to arrive at thanksgiving for the gift.  Yet Paul forgets not the gifts, the givers, and the Giver of every good and perfect gift—and, just now, with matters doctrinal and ethical concluded, he turns to give thanks.

Even though Paul can face plenty and adversity through Christ, Who strengthens him (cf. 4:13), he acknowledges, with thanks, the Philippian church’s opportunity and sacrifice to deliver him a gift.  The gift is a sacrificial one in itself before God: it is a fragrant, acceptable sacrifice pleasing to God.  It is sacrificial for at least two additional reasons.  First, the Philippians give out of their extreme poverty (cf. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5)—and this for at least the third time in the 10-13 years that Paul and the Philippians have known each other.[1]  Second, Ephaphroditus, a member of the Philippian church, nearly died to deliver the gift.  Somewhere between Philippi, in Macedonia, and Rome—about an eight-hundred-mile, five-week one-way trip—Ephaphroditus became very ill and almost died from his illness.  Yet God spared this Philippian Christian, and Paul commends men like him, who risk their lives to deliver such help to His servants.

The gift meets Paul’s need, and he declares this to his beloved Philippian church.  Thanks to the church’s gift, he is well supplied.  More than this, the gift, and the God-given desire to give, reflects the meeting of Paul’s greater desire—to see the Philippians safe in Christ’s saving love and bearing fruit that will last from right relationship to Him.

Paul assures the Philippians that God, in turn, will meet their needs—and that according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  After all, the Lord owns every beast of the forest, and the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10).  In fact, the whole world is His (Exodus 19:5).  God has both resources and wisdom to meet the Philippians’ need and ours—and that to spare—and Paul relays the Lord’s promise to them and to us: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  The passage ends in doxology: To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.  Indeed, amen—may it be so, and may it ever be so.

God will supply your every need.  He will do this especially, as the context indicates, as you give unto Him, His servants, and His work as commanded, enabled, and led by the Holy Spirit.  Moreover, God will do this according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Obviously, He has infinite resources to meet your need, and He also has infinite wisdom to dispense His resources most wisely to alleviate your need.

Furthermore, the Lord is able to meet any sort of need that we have in our lives.  Today’s text denotes a material need of Paul’s that the Philippians relieved—and the Lord indeed provides for our tangible, physical needs.  He also provides for our non-tangible, inner-man needs.  This refers chiefly to our spiritual need of salvation—with its attendant forgiveness, cleansing, healing, and abundant, eternal life—which Jesus meets through His Person and work.  The Lord also provides for our emotional needs through comfort, Godly friendships, and other means.  He also provides for our mental needs: via direction, instruction, provision of neuro-chemical balance, and other means.

Indeed, the Lord meets our every need.  Therefore, as Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount (in Matthew 6:25-34), we need not worry.  We need seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and we may rest assured that we shall have our needs met as well (cf. Matthew 6:33).  As God verifies these truths in our experience, and as He meets our needs, we too cry out as the Apostle Paul, “To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.”

There are other benefits that flow to us by virtue of our union with Christ, but this is a precious one today, to be sure.  May our great God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—meet your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

AMEN.

[1] Paul planted the Philippian church (Acts 16:11-40) at the start of his second missionary journey (ca. A. D. 49).  Paul wrote this letter, as well as letters to the Ephesians, the Colossians, and to Philemon during his Roman imprisonment (ca. A. D. 60-62).  Inasmuch as Paul, in Philippians 1, remarks about the praetorium, it is likely that Paul is incarcerated not under house arrest, as Acts 28 testifies, but in a Roman jail—and this may well indicate a lapse in time from arrival in Rome until writing of Philippians.  A thirteen-year acquaintance by this time, therefore, is not out of the question.