And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NIV).
Think of it: whatever God is giving you, He is meeting ALL your most important needs, and He’s doing it according to all He did through His Son, Jesus.
BUT BUT BUT, how can God be providing for us in disease? In unemployment? In fear? In this terrible worldwide crisis?
Have you considered that He’s providing us with Himself and His physical meeting of our needs in spite of those things and not because of them? God is acting on, not reacting to, what He knows we need most.
That starts with salvation.
Next comes encouragement.
Then comes His overcoming Spirit.
And isn’t that sometimes tough to do? I’m working with a very difficult client. They don’t like our company; they don’t much like me. Yesterday was a particularly tough day with both a dissatisfied client AND impatient leadership demanding immediate answers to matters that take time. In some ways, it’s thrilling but it’s also frustrating because I’m working out of my element and feel like I’m waiting for the next shoe to drop. It’s a no-questions-allowed culture in the middle of a no-mistake project. Yesterday I felt crushed by too many conflicting priorities, too little control over my own future, and too many competing needs.
Where was God in all this? Right where He’s always been. He was here, reminding me (and you) that His salvation was once for all and that He meant it. He’s here reminding us that, when He saved us, He made us more than conquerors of anything that opposes us. We WILL overcome this because Christ is with us, despite the best chaotic intentions of the evil one.
Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of that, especially on tough days. Especially when the TV says that the world is coming to an end. Especially during crises. The devil is working much harder than anyone else now and, quite honestly, this is his best shot. Sure, he can do more, but he’ll have to work overtime to overcome what Christ has already sealed and finished.
Salvation. Encouragement. Overcoming. Even on the bad days…ESPECIALLY on the bad days, those words mean more because the God of all time and all the universe made Himself completely known and fully intimate with us through the person, words, and resurrection of Jesus. He tells us everything about Himself in Christ, and His words resonate even louder, even clearer, when the world looks scary or we have a bad day.
More than conquerors, you see. He meant it.
For further reading: Romans 8:37, Philippians 4:20.
Lord Jesus, in You I’m made more than a conqueror to overcome and defeat anything the evil one tries. Fight for me, strengthen me to stand, and work Your Kingdom work through my hands and words today.