How would you define your needs? Many times our definitions are different from God’s definitions. Consequently, we need to align our thoughts with His thoughts. Otherwise we may very well become sorely disappointed. Today’s verse is one of the most precious ones, especially in relation to everyday life with all its challenges and difficulties.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Illustrations are always helpful in order to understand Biblical truths. Jesus was a Master Illustrator. He explained Biblical realities with everyday examples, those that people could relate to. Let’s consider the following illustration.
Image you were dirt poor and solely lived on the good and generosity of others. Someone pays your rent and utilities, while another pays for all your grocery items. Let’s assume that Jesus is the One who provides all your groceries.
He goes to His Father’s supermarket, called All Your Necessities, and puts down ten trillion dollars. He states to His Father that if you mention His name at the cash register, you’ll receive the groceries for free. No doubt His deposit is more than sufficient.
While most illustrations fall somewhat short in accuracy, this one does make the point. Jesus purchased every blessing and promise through His righteous life and sacrificial death, including the ones that are directly related to the Father’s care for us. He obtained them for His people. These blessings and promises are boundless; there are no limited quantities.
Since Jesus purchased them for His people, the Father “will supply every need of yours.” He freely supplies them from “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” Since we’re “in Christ Jesus,” we’re the eternal beneficiaries. We’ll experience His riches throughout eternity, benefitting from what He has purchased for us. The good news is that these riches are applicable right now.
There’s a definite distinction, though. It clearly states “every need of yours.” Many times we confuse what we want or think we need with what we truly need. God defines our needs as follows: “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1 Tim. 6:8). God hasn’t promised riches and wealth in this fallen world, but He has promised to supply “every need of yours” for Christ’s sake.
The Devotional Writer