And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
I am so thankful that my God is my supplier. There are many times when I can be overwhelmed by the stresses of life and the burdens that come with trying to provide for my family. I am sure that you know the stress I am speaking of. There is great encouragement in knowing that God will provide for my every need. This verse is an encouragement to us all. But lets look at it a little closer.
As I often like to do, I want to look at what this verse is NOT saying. This verse is not saying that I can have whatever I want, satisfying my selfish desires. This verse is not saying that my God will supply my every greed. This verse does not mean that God desires that all of his children be wealthy. This verse is not a magic phrase for us to claim and we will get a check in the mail.
God will supply our needs. Have you ever considered what your needs are? I imagine if you were to write down on a piece of paper what your needs were you would find a list that does not match the list the list that God has for you. Paul felt that his needs were met. He was living in a prison cell when he wrote these words.
The reality is that God will provide for your every need. And he is the one who determines what your needs are. Hear me. He may determine that you need a certain amount of suffering in your life. He will allow it for your good and his glory. Yes, he will provide food and clothing for you, but you belong to him. He gives and he takes away, always knowing exactly what you need.
Think for a moment about what you feel your needs are. Ask God if your list of needs is the same as his. Ask the Lord to help you to be content with whatever he gives you. He knows your needs.