Paycheck to Paycheck
Most people that I know live paycheck to paycheck. That works okay until something unexpected happens, right? Sick child, new roof, blown engine…
Then we are like: Where is it going to come from?!?
Because so many people live this way – myself included – I am sure at least most of you know what it is like to have a true financial need.
Today we are going to look at the verses that follow Verse 13. They all tie together so well. We will look closely at only Verse 19. From last time, we know that the Philippians had sent Paul gifts to meet his needs. These verses continue on with that thought. And then carry forward. Note that just like Verse 13, Verse 19 is very often taken out of context so be sure and pay attention to what happens around our focal verse.
Philippians 4:14-20 ESV (Especially Verse 19)
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God shall supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Paul sees clearly that God takes care of him and his needs but he also sees that God uses other people to do that. He wants them to be blessed by God for their gifts and he definitely does not take them lightly. He loves seeing them give because he knows God will bless them for their obedience.
Paul also knows that they are not only sending these things to him because they love him and care what happens to him, but also because they want the good news of Jesus Christ to continue to spread around the world.
Let’s go to Verse 19:
“And my God shall supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
We tend to abuse the word need, don’t we? I need a…
- new car.
- bigger house.
- beautiful antique ring. (My personal favorite.)
You get the picture, I am sure. We may genuinely need a car that is dependable but it would not necessarily have to be new, right? And whoever really needed an antique ring – though I say I do often! Anyway, just getting down to what a true need is.
God blesses us with so many things that we do not really need just for our enjoyment. Think about it. Every good thing you have is from Him. Anything you list will always – always – have originated with Him.
A family heirloom wooden rocking chair – passed down by your grandmother right? But let’s go further back.
- God created and grew the tree (rain, nutrients in soil, sunshine, no forest fires) to enough size so that the wood could be use to make it.
- He gave the craftsman the sense and skill to be able to make it.
- God also gave your great-great-great-great grandaddy the strength to work to get the money to buy. He also gave him the job.
- He preserved it through the years and kept it from being destroyed by fire or termites.
“And my God shall supply…”
It all comes from Him.
“…every need of yours…”
He knows our true needs.
“…according to His riches in glory…”
He has an unlimited supply.
“…in Christ Jesus.”
This promise is for Christians – believers in Christ who are trusting their salvation to Christ alone.
So with the level of trust that Paul exhibited in Verses 10-13, and the verses we see here, we can know that our wonderful God is and will be taking care of us throughout eternity.
Lord, thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You that You are actively taking care of us right now. The fact that You are really involved in our lives minute by minute is simply amazing. Thank You for meeting our needs. Please make us what You want us to be. Be glorified in us. In the beautiful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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