And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians that God will supply all their needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. It is critical to understand that the Lord supplies all our needs. I would tell my younger children that I would supply their needs – food, clothing, shelter – but if they wanted to buy “things,” they would need to work to buy them. Often I would pay for half of their “wants,” but they knew that I would always supply all of their needs to the best of my ability. Our Lord has promised, through His Son Jesus Christ, to supply all of our needs. Jesus puts it this way in Matthew 6:26: Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
When rebuilding Jerusalem, Nehemiah knew that God would supply all of the resources he needed to complete his God-given assignment. He knew that wherever God called him, He would provide what was needed to accomplish the task. The Lord has called us to live sacrificial lives for God and for others. We are only able to do this when we love the Lord God with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. Jesus tells us in His Word that when we seek Him and His righteousness first, all other things will be added.
Nehemiah sought God first, and he was able to approach a pagan king to obtain the supplies that he needed.
What is it that you need today? Ask the Lord to supply your needs and to help you to recognize His provision. Seek wisdom in areas where you seem to be lacking – finances, relationships, work. He promises that He will meet every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
I am struggling with anxiety and worry concerning a need that I have (fill in the blank).
I have sought my own solutions to meet that need. Today I come to You in faith and ask You to give me wisdom concerning my lack, and I will trust You to provide what I need.
In Jesus’ name, Amen