Do not judge God’s faithfulness by the fulfillment of our goals. God promises to meet your need, not our greed. There are times when God will snatch away the things or people you think you need to teach us that we need him not them.
“We come now to what is perhaps the greatest promise in the entire Bible. And it is great because it includes all of the other promises in itself.”
The wonderful promise of Philippians 4:19 is this: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (ESV).
The opening conjunction, “And,” is key to understanding this promise. The Philippians were in need. Yet they neglected their own needs to supply what Paul needed to advance the gospel. Now Paul assures the saints that God has not forgotten their needs.
Paul was under house arrest in Rome, where he awaited trial with an uncertain outcome. There was no guarantee that he would be able to personally repay the generosity of the Philippians. But he was confident that the living God would fully meet their every need. Here’s the bottom-line: Generous Christians live on the promise that God will meet your needs.
The Source of the Promise
The verse begins with Paul speaking of God the Father in the most personal terms: “And my God.” God is not just a God. And God is not just the God. The Christian boldly declares that God is my God through saving-faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.