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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

God Provides on the Way to the Miracle

In review of Philippians 4:19 it says, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus”

Bottom Line:
God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus

What this means to me:
It is God who will supply all my needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done.

Today's passage comes from the middle of Philippians chapter 4, where Paul is thanking the Philippians for their thoughtfulness and gifts for him. In this section Paul explains how thankful he is for their gifts. In addition, he tells them that he has learned to be content with whatever he has at the moment, whether it is plenty or nothing. He does it through the strength that Christ gives him. He concludes this section with, “this same God who takes care of him will supply all of our needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”

The next time I find myself in a rut or feeling the pressure, there are some things I need to remember:

First - God is all I need. I don’t need the government or even a job. If God wants to, he can have ravens drop food on me as his way of providing. That’s how he provided for the Prophet Elijah when he was exhausted and burned-out in the desert (1 Kings 17:1-16). When God turns off one job opportunity, he can turn on another just as easily. I shouldn’t trust in my bank account. I should trust in God.

Second - Where God guides, God provides. After sending the ravens to feed Elijah, God told him to make a dangerous trip to Zarephath. There was a drought in Zarephath and very little food. Yet God provided for Elijah, not through someone who had stockpiled food but through a poor widow with a generous heart (who God blessed for her obedience). When God tells me to go somewhere, leave now! When God tells me to do something, do it right away. When God gives me direction, he will provide what I need to get there.

Third - I need to trust him one day at a time. I trust him each day, because some of my problems persist day after day. For instance, financial problems, are ones that I’ll have to deal with them one day at a time. And so I must trust God one day at a time to provide.

Today’s verse reminds me, “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).

Fourth - God’s promises work when I’m obedient. God wants me to take a step, and then he’ll show me the next one. It may not seem logical, but I need to do what God says because God’s way is always best. In any faith situation, God wants me to take that first step of faith.

Part of the first step of faith is asking Jesus to take control of life. I can renew this by praying, “Dear God, thank you that you love me and want to keep me from depending on other things instead of you. Forgive me for when I’ve depended on my job and other people instead of you. Thank you that you haven’t forgotten me. Lord, the days ahead may be a little scary at times, but I understand now that the path to a miracle is through uncomfortable territory. I understand now that the source of a miracle will be unexpected, so I shouldn’t try to figure it out. I should just trust you. When you tell me what to do, and it doesn’t always make sense, I will still do what you want me to do. Help me to remember that you’re all I need and that where you guide, you’ll provide. I want to learn to trust you one day at a time. I want to go your way, not my way. I want to follow you, and I ask you to save me and come into my life. I claim your promise that if I trust you, you’ll meet my needs. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”