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 will 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.
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
In these difficult times, we are prone to worry about basic necessities. Some of us have lost their jobs, our businesses have closed down, our income has taken a huge hit. And we ask: Will we go hungry or will we be provided for?
1. We are needy creatures. “But my God shall supply all your need.”
These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.
2. But God is our provider: “But my God shall supply all your need.”
I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
a) He is able to provide (“ But my God shall supply all your need according to his glorious riches…”).
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein …
For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
b) He is willing to provide (“But my God shall supply …”
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Note: God promises to supply our necessities, but not our luxuries. And it is God who knows best what we need, so it is not for us to define what it is that we need.
1. Since we have a generous God who provides for all our needs, we should be generous too.
(a) It helps others (v. 14, “Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.”)
(b) It increases our reward (v. 17, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.”)
And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will repay him for his deed.
(c) It is pleasing to God (v. 18, “a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.”)
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2. We are to trust God to provide for us.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Note: We should seek first the kingdom of God, just like the Philippians when they helped Paul. That is why Paul knew that God would supply all their need.
“In Christ Jesus.” While God extends common grace to believers and unbelievers alike (e.g, temporal blessings), the riches of heaven (both spiritual and temporal) are the “children’s bread”; they are reserved only for those who are in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3, 7; 1 Peter 1:3-4). Are you in Christ Jesus? Do you have the right to avail of this promise? (John 1:12). Remember, it is the Lord’s sheep who have the Lord as their shepherd, as a result of which they shall lack nothing.