Philippians 4 – The Series – Part III
At this time of year, as we are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
we find that gift giving has become our tradition. I find it amazingly timely as we
continue reading Paulâ€™s message to the church In Philippians 4:10-20.
10Â I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed,
you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
11Â I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever
the circumstances. 12Â I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have
plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether
well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Because of the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, we find contentment no matter our
13Â I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I recall going through a situation years ago and I became angry with God. I questioned
how He could â€œlet this happen to me!â€ Through my trauma, I learned that God would
never want bad things to happen to us. However, He refuses to control human behavior.
When bad things happen to us or around us, it is not because He does not love us.
Rather, as others who make choices to hurt us, He continues bringing us His kind of
contentment. Paul is sharing, in Jesus there is a different rest when one realizes there is
no lack in Him.
Paul is thankful to the Lord for comfort and he feels such gratitude for the church in
Philippi. He is practicing what he taught in the first nine verses.
Remember, The first part of our series (verses 1-6) we learn how to behave. Secondly
(verses 8-9), we find how to act. Moving forward, in this part of the chapter, we are
learning how to be grateful.
14Â Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15Â Moreover, as you Philippians
know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from
Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except
you only; 16Â for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once
when I was in need. 17Â Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited
to your account. 18Â I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am
amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are
a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
Have you ever had one of those friends? The one who gives herself so much that even
her gift cannot compare with the gift of her friendship? Paul is feeling that kind of
If I could â€œdrum-rollâ€ right here, I would. The next scripture makes my top five favorite
scriptures. As a matter of fact, I wrote a song about this scripture and had no idea how I
would cling to it through trials in my life. Some days, I would sit at my piano and sing it
over and over, sobbing.
The first verse of the song says â€œThere are times I am tempted with doubt and
confusion, on my trembling knees I humbly bow, I just lift my voice up to the heavens
and I cry â€œDear Lord, please help me through somehowâ€. The second verse goes â€œIn the
midst of my trials and tribulations I have wondered, â€œLord, how long will they last?â€ But
when Jesus speaks peace that passes all understanding, in just a moment my
heartaches all have to passâ€¦
19Â And my God (translates mou Theos = the people of my God receiving from Him, the
God of all gods) will meet all your needs (will fill up any thing, even what feels like
destitution) according to the riches (translates ploutos = endowment, bestowal of HIs
innumerable, heavenly abundance) in glory in Christ Jesus. (The anointed One).
AHA MOMENT!!! It is not your job, your family, your church, your government, even
yourself who fills your needs if you are a child of God.
Chorus to my song â€œHe will supply every need, He will supply. Every promise He will
keep, He will provide. When I am burdened down with care, Jesus said He would meet
me there, if I just call His name out in prayer, HE WILL SUPPLY!â€
Paul finishes this portion of chapter 4 as I believe we should finish our 2021. As we
celebrate the birth of Jesus, may we continuously pray:
20Â To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.