Scripture Reference Philippians 4 : 18-20
18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. 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.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There is an air of certainty as well as conviction when Paul says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Paul does not say God might meet some of your needs, instead he writes “my God will meet all your needs”. But how can Paul know such a thing for certain? Paul knows this because Paul has personally experienced this truth throughout his walk of faith!
However the application has more depth than only what Paul has personally experienced as a believer, Paul’s conviction and certainty also lies in the character of God! Paul writes, “And my God”. Paul is not here speaking about any god other than the God he has known and served. The One True God who was and who is and who is to come!
God spoke through the prophet Balaam saying, Num. 23: 19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” And again through the prophet Samuel, 1 Sam. 15: 29 He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.” What God has said, God will do! Paul knew this to be true because Paul knew the Word of God both doctrinally through personal study as well as relationally through his personal encounter and ongoing experience in Christ Jesus.
The Word of God is so much more than words on a page, the Bible says the Word of God is living and active, Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”, Heb. 4:12.
Therefore we do not judge the Word of God, the Word of God judges us. We need not concern ourselves with the reliability of God’s Word because God’s Word never fails! It is our responsibility however to trust and believe the Word of God because God has given us His Word to live by. We do not prove God’s Word to be true, rather we discover Truth as we study, obey and live His Word. Like the apostle we must learn that God is our all sufficiency. The psalmist said, 37: 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Just as Paul discovered true contentment regardless of his situation we too will discover that abundance is never about having or not having material possessions, it is realized by embracing Christ, His Word, His Life! God supplying all our needs was never meant to be about our laundry list of things we think we need, rather it is about God knowing specifically everything we need for growth and fulfillment in Him and His provision of all of that and more for any and all who trust in Him!