The Great I AMAugust 28, 2014
Ephesians 5August 29, 2014
“19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (NASB).
“And the God of me will fill every need of you according to the wealth of Him in glory in Christ Jesus.” I like this Greek literal translation. Always remember all means all—every means every. This is one of the great promises of God.
In the context, Paul is referencing the monetary gift the Philippian church had sent. He was appreciative but reminded them that God was his source. He looked to God for his provision. Where it came from was not the point. In fact, Paul said I didn’t desire the gift, but desired the fruit they would have in giving to others.
I like the way Paul says it, “My God.” Paul had a revelation of a personal relationship with God through Jesus. There were all kinds of gods in those days. The Greeks and Romans both had a myriad of gods for every situation. But Paul’s God will supply needs.
And this is the promise to us as well. The God Paul served who we serve as well will fill every need. This includes every need. The context is about money or provisions. But the fact it says “all needs” it includes everything in your daily life that would constitute a point of lack. If you need healing or wisdom or any provision, then God will supply it.
Most of us think in terms of our bank account. I will supply my need according to my bank account. That’s why money experts say to have an eight-month reserve. That’s probably smart but this verse is not talking about your bank account. This verse is talking about God’s bank account—His wealth or riches.
God has no shortage or ever has a recession. His wealth is far greater than any need we might have. In fact, all the needs of the 6 billion people on earth couldn’t deplete God’s bank account.
We need to see our need in view of God’s riches. We also need to see this as a statement for every believer “in Christ.” This is not conditional on your behavior or your imperfect life. It’s God’s good deal.