GOD YOU ARE
“God You Are My Provider”
The number one hero in my life is my dad. Dad passed away in October of 2007. He was a great father. One of the many things that I admire about my dad is how he was able to provide for our family while having only an 8th grade education and working at a job where he didn’t make a lot of money. But we never went without. Dad always took care of us and provided for us.
Assuming the responsibility to provide for one’s family is a part of the fabric of every good father’s character.
As we continue our study GOD YOU ARE, we come to today’s lesson: “God You are my Provider”. God is our Heavenly Father and He has assumed the responsibility to provide for our needs. One of the Old Testament names for God is Jehovah-Jireh, which means, “The Lord will Provide”.
Today we want to look at the fact that God provides for us. We will do so as we look at God’s promise found in Philippians 4:19.
This is a promise that God will provide for our needs. We can notice 3 things about God’s provision. First…..
The source of God’s provision is God Himself. Paul speaks about “my God”. He is talking about a personal God who is involved in the life of His children.
When Jesus gave us the model Lord’s Prayer, He taught us to pray, “Our Father”. God is our Heavenly Father. And as our Heavenly Father, He knows what we need even before we ask Him for it.
As our Heavenly Father, God has promised to take care of our every need. Philippians 4:19 is the believer’s life insurance policy. The promise isnot…God might take care of our needs. The promise is not….God maytake care of our needs. The promise is not….God probably will take care of our needs. The promise is, “My God will meet all our needs.” That is a guarantee. You can take it to the bank!
Our response to God’s promise should be one of trust. When I was growing up, I never worried about my Dad taking care of me. I didn’tworry about where our next meal was coming from or if I would have clothes to wear. Why? Because it was my dad’s responsibility and I knew he would take care of me.
Our Heavenly Father has assumed the responsibility to provide for our needs. He has promised to do so. God has the resources to take care of us. So, what does that leave us to worry about? Nothing, because God has assumed the responsibility to take care of our needs. The responsibility is on His shoulders, not ours.
Here is David’s testimony about God’s provision:
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never see the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” – Psalm 37:25
Looking back on his life, David’s observation, based on his life experience, is that God takes care of us throughout our entire lifetime. You can trust God to meet your need. He has promised to do so. That means He has assumed the responsibility to provide for you.
The second thing I notice about God’s provision from Philippians 4:19is…..
I mentioned earlier that this verse is the believer’s life insurance policy. It is an umbrella policy as far as our needs are concerned.
How many of our needs does God promise to meet? “And my God will meet ALL your needs…” God doesn’t promise to only meet a few of your needs or just some of your needs or most of your needs. God promises to meet ALL your needs. The scope of God’s provision is that He will meet every one of our needs.
There are a number of different types of needs that we have. And know that God will meet them all. But we’ll focus on just a few of our basic needs this morning.
God will meet our physical needs. We have some basic physical needs- food, shelter, clothing. And God promises to take care of us by meeting these needs. Psalm 111:5 says:
“He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.” – Psalm 111:5
Closely aligned with our physical needs are our financial needs. God will meet our financial needs. But we need to understand two things about God meeting our financial needs.
One is that God will meet our financial needs as we are faithful and generous in our giving. This promise in Philippians 4:19 comes in response to the Philippian Christians’ generosity in their financial support of Paul’s ministry.
Look at Philippians 4:14-18
The reason why Paul wrote the book of Philippians was to thank the church for their financial support of his ministry. Time and again they supported Paul’s missionary work.
The amazing thing about this is that the Philippian church was not a wealthy congregation. The members were poverty stricken. But they had a reputation for being generous. In 2 Corinthians 8 Paul held these believers up as a model of generosity because they gave more than they could humanly afford to give.
So the promise that God would meet all their needs was in response to their generous financial giving. You see there is always a premise to God’s promises. God’s premise to guaranteeing to meet our financial needs is the premise that we will be faithful and generous in our giving. Proverbs 11:25 says:
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25
So if you and I are fulfilling the premise of faithful and generous giving, we can count on the promise of God meeting our financial needs. Now, this is not to say that God will not meet your financial needs if you aren’t giving as you should. He may very well do that out of His love for you.
But what it does mean is that if you aren’t giving to God you cannot count on God meeting all your financial needs. He doesn’t guarantee it. But if you are giving to God, God promises to meet your needs.
A second thing to note about God meeting our financial needs is that our need is the only thing that He guarantees to meet financially. God doesn’tpromise to cover all the luxuries that we want.
The amazing thing, in a negative way, is how we are able to re-define a want as a need.
In 1890, there was a sociologist who asked many Americans what they thought the basic needs of life were. In 1890 the study revealed that Americans believed there were 16 basic things every American needed to survive. Several years back sociologists took that same survey of present day Americans. Americans now believe that there are 98 things they need to survive.
This study reveals that we have a way of exaggerating our wants into needs. While our wants may be many, our needs are very few. The apostle Paul talked about being content with food and clothing, just the basic needs of life.
Whereas God has promised to meet our need, He has not promised to indulge our greed. This is why, sometimes, when you ask God for something, the answer is no. It’s because what you are asking for isn’t a need, it’s a luxury, a selfish desire. James wrote:
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” – James 4:3
There are two fallacies about money that circulate in Christian circles. These are on the opposite ends of the financial spectrum. The first fallacy is that God wants everybody to be a millionaire. The second one is that God wants everybody to be poor. These are both false.
God is interested in having your needs met, nothing more, nothing less. There is a prayer in the book of Proverbs that sums it up for us- “give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” God promises to meet our need not our greed.
Another basic need area is our emotional needs. God meets our emotional needs by providing us with the comfort that we need when we are troubled. Paul wrote:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles…” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God also meets our emotional needs by providing us with the strength that we need when we go through difficulties. Look at Philippians 4:13 with me.
God provides us with emotional strength. God provides us with joy in the midst of sorrow and peace in the midst of confusion. God meets all our emotional needs.
Another basic need area is our spiritual need. We are sinners and we need to be saved. We sin and we need forgiveness. Praise God, He has met our great spiritual need. The Psalmist declared:
“He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever; holy and awesome is his name.” – Psalm 111:9
The name Jehovah-Jireh, “The Lord will provide” comes out of the episode in Abraham’s life when God commanded to sacrifice his son Isaac. Just as Abraham was ready to obey God and offer up Isaac as a sacrifice, an angel of the Lord called out to Abraham and stopped the sacrifice.
After the angel stopped Abraham, Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called that place- “Jehovah-Jireh”- “The Lord will provide.”
The Scripture at that point makes, what I think is a prophecy- “And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
“It will be provided” future tense….a future event. Centuries later, on that same mountain, God once again provided a substitute sacrifice when Jesus died on the cross in our place. Jehovah-Jireh provided for our salvation when Jesus died for our sins.
We quickly see the scope of God’s provision. He provides for all our needs, physical, emotional and most importantly our spiritual needs.
We just need to ask Him to meet our needs. Read Matthew 7:7-11.
The third thing to notice about God’s provision is….
The supply from which God provides is His riches. Paul is telling us that God has unlimited resources. That is exemplified by many of Jesus’ miracles.
Think about the feeding of the 5,000. There were 5,000 men there, not counting the women and children.
Jesus fed that crowd with a little boy’s sack lunch, 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. And they were small loaves of bread and small fish. But Jesus multiplied it and fed a multitude. And the people had all they wanted to eat. After everyone was well-fed the disciples filled 12 baskets with the leftovers.
It is that same God who will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches. Whatever your need may be, God has the resources to meet that need.
He will meet your physical need and your financial need. He will provide comfort for every sorrow. Strength for every difficulty. Peace for every fear or worry. Forgiveness for every sin.
God will meet your need “according to His riches.” He didn’t say that He would meet your need out of His riches. Let me illustrate the difference for you.
Bill Gates’ net worth is estimated at $120.3 billion dollars. If Bill Gates wrote you a check for $1,000, he would be giving to you out of his riches. It might help you with some bills but it might not take care of all your needs.
But if Bill Gates you a blank check and said, “fill in the amount, whatever you need” that would be according to his riches. That would take care of every financial need you have.
That’s what the promise is here in Philippians 4:19. God promises to meet all our needs according to His riches. All of God’s resources are available to meet every need you have. Here is the good news. God has more resources than you have need!
God promises to meet our needs in Christ Jesus. This is just another assurance that you can count on God meeting your needs because you belong to Him through Christ.
But as a Christian, you need to be a committed Christian. When Jesus told us not to worry about having our needs met, he gave us this principle:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
Jesus said that we need to put God first in our lives. Not second, not third, but first-place. When we do, Jesus promised that God will take care of our needs.
This morning, if you are not a Christian, you are not in Christ and this promise we have been looking at doesn’t apply to you. Right now, you cannot depend on God to meet your needs because you haven’t committed yourself to Him.
But this promise can apply to you if you will commit yourself to God. God has provided for your salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross. If you will receive Christ Jesus as your Savior, God will meet your need of salvation and then you can count on God to meet your every need in Christ.
If you need to receive Jesus as your Savior, please leave a comment for our online host so that we can get in touch with you. At this time, we will meet around the Lord’s Table to remember that God provided for our spiritual need by having Jesus die on the cross for our sins.