Philippians 4:19 NASB
”And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
I can’t help but be mindful of what transpired in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve relinquished that which they already had, which was perfect union and fellowship with God, their Creator, so that they could of their own mind, spirit and heart, be independent of God and literally go it on their own.
It’s almost like God is saying to all of us, through what transpired, that in order to reverse what has just taken place, which I have allowed, because of my love for you, you whom I have created in my own image, I am going to show you the difference between you and I, and why what I have planned for you is much better than what you can plan or devise.
Trusting Me over yourself, is a choice that I have allowed, so that the reality of what has now taken place can be understood. And I will allow you to experience that you can’t, in and of yourself, repair the consequences of the choice that you have made, because the reality of the difference between you and I, is much greater than you can comprehend. And then, I myself, because of my love for you, will do for you, what you cannot do, because only I, can in reality, do that.
I know that I have taken a lot of liberties here, but this is basically what I see when the different narratives of the Bible begin to unfold throughout the Old Testament, leading up to of course, the arrival of the promised Messiah, where Jesus fulfills the will of the Father, by being the perfect requirement to restore us once again to our Father.
And in the Scripture verse that I quoted at the onset of this post, where it says “…my God will supply all your needs …”, it is those needs that I draw your attention to.
These times that we have gone through and are still going through have been difficult for all of us, but for some who have lost loved ones, it has been more difficult, than others. There are also so many different areas of our lives that have been effected by Covid-19. And on top of all those concerns, we have our day to day problems with those that we love and those we are connected to. I don’t know about you but my prayers have a tendency to be longer now, because of all the different issues I am dealing with, and I know I am far from alone.
This may sound simplistic but I can’t help but acknowledge my own many limitations and my dependency to trust God for things that I seem powerless to change or control, especially when it comes to interactions with those that I love or care for. My shortfalls are a daily reality and the insufficiency of my mind, heart and spirit, to make my way through this quagmire of emotions and problems that I become aware of, apparently seems relentless. And daily I am brought face to face with my need for God to do in me and through me, what I of myself cannot do.
And that is where the last part of the quoted Scripture verse comes into play “…according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” I obviously don’t have all the answers to all of the problems I face, nor the wherewithal to effectively deal with all of them at the same time, but I know who does. And the beauty of this simplicity of trust, is that there is no other reality. Not here, not while we are still in this world but not of this world.
I am reminded of the message of the Sabbath, rest in God. I am reminded of the truth of “not by might nor by power but by my spirit says the Lord!”, I am reminded of God’s instruction to Israel to “stand still” and see the salvation of the Lord in Exodus 14:13, not to mention Matthew 11:29 where Jesus tells us to take His yoke upon us and find rest for our souls.
The battle is not ours to win, it has already been won. Our part, simplistic as it may sound, it to trust in our Redeemer.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!
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Philippians 4:19 NASB