Earth’s Store Or God’s Endless Supply
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
Because the world’s economy operates from a default position of measured, limited resources we can easily transfer that approach to how we relate to God in our prayers for His provision. Now the Scriptures do teach us the wisdom of counting the cost before we set out to build a house. Jesus Himself exhorts us to be diligent in doing this so that we are not mocked half way through the project with the foundation built but having no money to complete the building.
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?” Luke 14:28-31
If there is one thing I have learned the hard way it is that you should do nothing on wishful thinking or based on the promises of men alone. Thank God there are those whose words are reliable and whose promises are taken seriously. They live in obedience to the Word which says:
“Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.Psalm 15:1-5
I think most people have good intentions and their failure to live up to their words is more a matter of the nature of the fallen human condition than any nefarious intent on their part.
My Mom used to light heartedly tell us that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” especially when we had promised to do something and then didn’t do it, but our excuse was, we meant to do it, as though that accounted for something or excused our failure. People may mean well, but the words of men alone are only hopeful intents. Deeds speak more truly than words. Even Jesus chided those who flattered Him with their words but their hearts were not with Him.
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
If He is our Lord, His will is our command. To whom/to what we give our obedience that one is our Lord. It’s not our words alone that establish us, though words are fundamental, it is our actions, which show our true heart and allegiance.
The world’s economy is limited and we are for the most part subject to it, but in Christ by the grace of God we have access to another source of limitless supply. With men we know there are limits even impossibilities, but with God all things are possible.
Try as we might none of us are perfect yet. We all fall short of even our own good intentions. Thank God for His grace that covers us. His words and His promises are not just good intentions. They are sure, confident, absolute certainties. They are Truth.
Furthermore, God has told us that our ways are not His ways. His ways are higher than our ways. His ways are limitless.
When we pray from the perspective of our limited ways we don’t honor God’s way or His desire to give us His kingdom. We in those times tend to limit God to what we can perceive from a human perspective. But, when we dare to pray with the assurance that all things have already been given to us through our inheritance in Jesus Christ, it changes our faith, our hope and our earnest expectation.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Consider this for perspective. To a poor man a thousand dollars is a fortune. To the multi-billionaire a million can be of little consequence. To God the sum of all the world’s wealth and riches is as nothing compared to the riches of His glory.
When we pray for God’s provision, His healing, His deliverance, His transforming power, His love and forgiveness, do we do it on the basis of the limited resources of our earthly perspective or do we pray according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus?
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
His provision for us in not based on this world’s limited resources but on His riches in glory. Faith in the name of Jesus is the means by which we tap into that source. So, we don’t need to fear or be ashamed to ask that we may receive that our joy may be full.
“Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
Now, lest I be misunderstood, I’m not saying God will not answer the prayers of those who can only pray in the limits of their human condition. God knows where we are and He knows the sincerity of our hearts. He hears and answers us surely according to our faith and still he adds His measure of abundance to it.
But what I am saying is if you have been praying and nothing has changed then maybe the limit of your perception of what God will do on your behalf needs to be expanded. God is moved by our faith.
We must believe by faith that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Now this message may just be for me. So I receive it. Maybe I have been less than faithful to believe that He will provide all that I need. Maybe my expectation has been too small. I accept that and I ask God to forgive me. I repent and I choose now to walk in the faith that my God will supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I believe God is rewarding my diligence to seek Him.
If this is where you are too, then I agree together with you for a breakthrough now in the name of Jesus.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21