But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
I know this is a very well-known verse. Most Christians could quote this one in their sleep. It’s just that I’ve been leaning pretty hard on this verse lately as I am in the process of looking for work. The prospect of not being able to find work that will keep food on the table and a roof over our heads is a scary one.
Thankfully, there is great peace to be found in meditating on God’s promises and I don’t mean find-your-happy-place kind of peace or think-positive-thoughts kind of peace. I mean real peace. The kind of peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). To have that, there are some facts of faith that I must keep reminding myself of:
Fair, as the Bible defines it is God giving me everything I need in every circumstance.
I’ve mentioned him many times before, but Joseph is a prime example of this principle in action. He dealt with all kinds of unfair circumstances and trusted God to see him through every single one and God saw him through every single one.
I serve a perfect God Who loves imperfect people
But what if your circumstances are not from something unfair? What if you brought them upon yourself? There are examples of people like that whom God has also helped. One that comes to mind is Jehoshaphat. He desperately wanted to reunite the divided kingdom of Israel. At one point his efforts almost got him killed. (See 2 Chronicles 18-19.) A prophet rebuked him for his foolishness. Jehoshaphat humbled himself and obeyed God and God blessed him. I find real comfort in knowing that God helps the Jehoshaphats of the world.
God always gives me exactly what I need.
My God shall supply all my need. I never have to worry about God being on short supply of anything. I never have to worry about God looking at my life and saying: “Whoa! I’ve never seen anyone do that before!” God has seen it all. God has dealt with it all. And for those who humble themselves and seek His mercy, God has forgiven it all. He knows my need even better than I know my need. He knew my need even before I did. He’ll meet this current need just like He did every other need I have ever had. Sometimes, though, God has to change our focus from our perceived need to our real need before He can begin to bless.
God has already worked out a solution. I just need to wait on Him to work it out.
I am a professional worry wart. If there were awards for it, I’d have a wall full of ribbons. Worry warts are very good at playing “what if.” There are at least a hundred nightmare scenarios that I have imagined for our current circumstances and most end up with Jane and me living in my truck under a bridge. Scripture has a solution for worry warts like me:
(6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
(7) And the peace of God, which [passes] all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Worry warts don’t pray. They worry. The good thing about worriers is that they are great at meditating. That’s what worry is. It’s looking at something from multiple angles but from a non-biblical perspective. So, the ability to meditate is there. It’s just focused wrong. Paul says to focus my meditative powers on prayer, supplication and the giving of thanks. That will and does bring peace.
Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a).
Worry warts are nervous, fidgety people. It’s probably why God started this verse with the words “be still.”
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Do you know how many people claim that is a life’s verse and don’t trust in the Lord? (I’m one of them.) It’s like an old friend of mine who told me: “I’m sick of people telling me what to do! I’m joining the Marines!” I don’t know, I guess some people just like to beat themselves with the stupid stick.
Nevertheless, God’s cure for worry warts is trust. I am to do my part, which is getting together my resume and putting out there. Then I need to trust God to do His part, which is getting me the job He wants for me.
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