Supply and Demand

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 ESV)

In earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business, I learned about the principle of supply and demand. I was taught that you always wanted more demand than supply. It was never good to have more supply than what was demanded because then you would have excess and would be stuck with a loss. God’s business system works a little bit different. His supply is and will always be greater than your demand. No matter what you ask for, He always has enough supply stored up for you. His grace is sufficient. His mercies are new every morning. His love never fails.

There are a few things about this verse in Philippians that I would like to point out that we seem to overlook. We have a tendency to take this verse out of context. We always want to quote “My God will supply” but we leave out the other key words to this verse that Paul writes to the Philippians.

Paul starts of his statement with the word “and.” Now I wasn’t very good in English class but I remember that “and” was a conjunction. Which means you have to go back and take a look at what Paul said in the previous verses. In those verses, he commends the Philippians for sharing with him in his suffering and for sowing into his ministry. Because of this, Paul then writes “And my God will supply.” So many times we think that we don’t have to do anything and God is just going to bless us. But the reason why Paul said that God would supply for the Philippians was because they had sowed good seed in order to help supply for Paul and his endeavors.

The next thing we tend to leave out or misinterpret from this verse is the word “need.” Paul says God will supply every need not every want. Too many times we are still asking and believing that God will supply but we are believing for our wants and desires when in fact, if we took a look around, we would see that He has already provided us with everything we need. For instance, I would really like to have and want a Lamborghini but what I need is a reliable vehicle to get me from point A to point B. I would really like to have the new iPhone 4s but what I need is a phone that I can afford that will do everything I need it to do.

Paul goes on to explain how God will supply our needs. Paul writes “according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” We think that God is going to supply according to what man considers riches, but God supplies according to His riches which far outweigh this world’s riches. I’m so glad God’s supply is not based on man’s standard or is limited to the world’s resources.

Lastly, Paul tells the Philippians that God’s supply is in Christ Jesus. In other words if you have Jesus, you have everything you need. Everything minus Jesus equals nothing, but Jesus plus nothing equals everything. You might not have an expensive car, but you got Jesus. You might not have the biggest house on the block, but you got Jesus. You might not have a ton of money, but you got Jesus. You might not have what the world tells you that you need in order to be happy, but you got Jesus. You might not have that high paying job, but you got Jesus. You might not have all that you want, but if you have Jesus, you got everything you will ever need.

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