“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
“And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8 (KJV)
In today’s progressive world, most people already forgot that God is still working in ways we might not be aware of. Sometimes, people will just depend on their own abilities, skills, education, job, business, and others. However, most of the time, this selfish independence will fail us. God is still the greatest provider whom we can trust and depend on.
Things That We Rely On
Education is good, but it might not be enough for you to get a job that will feed your family. Having a career is great, but the changing times and demands might compromise the stability of our job. To be in the world of business is, of course, a blessing that God has provided for us but still, recession and the changing market and customers satisfaction might also affect our companies. We would not like to be misinterpreted with this. To make it clear, these three (education, job, and business) are God’s provisions themselves, but they don’t need our full trust compared to what God can do for us.
God Shall Supply
God the Creator and owner of all things says that He shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). The phrase “shall supply” is from the Greek word “pleroo” which means “to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full” or “to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally.” This presents the fact that God will make us full or cause us to abound when we need provisions the most. So, what’s the problem then? The problem is that we have a lacking belief that God can really provide.
We should learn to fully trust that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20).
God the Provider
We always call God as Jehovah Jireh or the God who provides. The term is used in Genesis 22:8 when Abraham faithfully obeyed God. Jehovah-Jireh means that the Lord will see to it that every need will be met. The word is from the Hebrew “ra’ah” which literally means “to see” or “to look at.” This conveys that God is able to meet our need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and He can meet it fully. For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the thicket that was offered in Isaac’s place. For us, it is whatever we need.
When you ask for your needs, make sure it’s really all your needs, such as spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, and everything that you need. The most significant thing is, who or what is the supplier of your needs? Is it your job, family, friends, colleagues, the government, or God who is the supplier of every need. If you depend on people, your needs will not be totally met, because they fail. However, God never fails.