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Our Glorious and Generous Provider

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Our Glorious and Generous Provider

Here is an excerpt from "Living in the Goodness of God's Provision: An Exposition of Philippians 4:19"

All of the world’s holdings – indeed all of the universe’s holdings – belong to God. If someone were to say: South Baptist Church will supply every need of all you people according to its modest resources, that wouldn’t inspire much confidence, would it? People have modest resources, and even those resources are on loan from God.

But the promise of verse 19 is much better: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (italics added). All of God’s vast wealth – material as well as spiritual – is invested in Christ. God created all things through Christ and for Christ (Colossians 1:16). Christ upholds all things (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3). By the Father’s appointment, Christ is the rightful “heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2). Christ is also the true mediator of all spiritual blessing, as is conveyed in the John 3:35 passage – “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.” (John 3:35) And likewise in Ephesians: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). “[All] the promises of God” – including the promise of Matthew 6:33 and Philippians 4:19 that God will take care of our practical needs – “all the promises of God find their Yes in him [Jesus Christ]” (2 Corinthians 1:20). At this very moment, the Lord Jesus Christ is seated in the place of sovereign authority at God’s right hand, and “[all] authority in heaven and on earth has been given to [him]” (Matthew 28:18). Our sovereign King has promised to be “with [us] always” as we seek to serve and advance the interests of His kingdom (Matthew 28:20). God’s fatherly care and infinite wealth, and our creaturely weakness and need, meet in one place and one place only: “in Christ Jesus.” Out of the glorious riches that are found in Christ, our heavenly Father generously supplies our practical needs.

Therefore, since you have such a wealthy and trustworthy Father in heaven: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) And: “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)