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Sundown Devotional: God Provides According to His Riches

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

According to God's Riches.  Photo by Jon Flobrant

According to God's Riches. Photo by Jon Flobrant

We know that God can supply what we need. Still, sometimes we ask timidly, as though we forget that whatever we ask now is less than He has already given us through the gift of His Son.

When our children (or other loved ones) ask for more help than we can give, we may experience disappointment, guilt, embarrassment and even helplessness, because we fall short of their expectations. We focus on what we do not have, forgetting that our needs are met from God's supply. We may become stingy even towards ourselves, instead of praying for God to supply us from His inexhaustible resources.

The poem and promises below remind us that God has more than enough to provide for us and those who depend on us.

Feeding on honeycomb buddleia. Photo by John Duncan

Feeding on honeycomb buddleia. Photo by John Duncan

Devotional Poem: According to His Riches

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

God promised to supply my needs:
Not according to how hard I’ve worked, or how long;
Not according to how kind I’ve been, or how strong;
Not according to how much I’ve saved, or I’ve lent;
Not according to my skill, or my natural bent,
But according to His riches.

And God has supplied my needs:
Not according always to my complaints and tears,
Not according to my foolish fantasies and fears,
Not according to my weak show of faith and trust,
Not according to the times I thought He must,
But according to His riches.

"Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are." (Matthew 6: 28, 29 NLT) Photo by Visitor7

"Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are." (Matthew 6: 28, 29 NLT) Photo by Visitor7

So trust Him to supply your needs:
Not according to the measure of the facts you know,
Not according to the sum of confidence you show,
Not according to your view on what “His riches” mean,
Not according to your choice right now on Him to lean,
But according to His riches.

He’s ever been supplying needs:
If you pause to count your blessings, you will comprehend
The many broken pieces which He caused to mend.
Watch His perfect timing intervene again real soon,
Not according to your lucky stars or the new moon,
But according to His riches.

 “So don’t worry about tomorrow." (Matthew 6: 34 NLT). Photo by Bigroger27509

“So don’t worry about tomorrow." (Matthew 6: 34 NLT). Photo by Bigroger27509

Ten Promises of God's Provision

Bible quotes are from the New Living Translation unless stated otherwise.

  1. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
  2. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. (Psalm 37:25)
  3. You cause grass to grow for the livestock and plants for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth—wine to make them glad, olive oil to soothe their skin, and bread to give them strength. (Psalm 104: 14, 15)
  4. He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields. He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer. (Job 5: 10,11)
  5. Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? (Matthew 6:26)
  6. And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.(Matthew 6: 28, 29)
  7. You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Matthew 7: 9-11)
  8. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (2 Corinthians 9: 8)
  9. For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. (2 Corinthians 9:10)
  10. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:30)

Jehovah Jireh: My Provider

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© 2011 Dora Weithers

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