His Promise to Provide
By Dr. Charles Stanley
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Scripture: Philippians 4:19
I. Introduction: Throughout Scripture, God promises the faithful that He will provide for them. Story after story demonstrates the Father’s amazing ability to satisfy His children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. As Life Principle #11 says, God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. If our requests seemingly go unanswered, we must carefully evaluate ourselves. Why? Without realizing it, we may be hindering the answer to our prayer.
II. What does the Word of God say?
A. Scriptural Promises:
1. Jesus told His disciples not to worry about food or clothing (Matt. 6:25-26). Since the Father watches over even the birds of the air, we can certainly count on Him to take care of us.
2. God doesn’t withhold any good thing from those who live righteously (Psalms 84:11).” When we place our trust fully in the Lord, He provides the very best for us (Psalms 81:10, 16).
B. Biblical Examples:
1. Abraham: The Lord allowed the patriarch and his wife to have a son in their old age.
2. Moses: God used Moses to free His people from Egyptian bondage.
III. Possible Causes of Unmet Needs
A. We confuse needs with wants. We should evaluate whether our request is a longing or a necessity. Ask the Father to help you discern between desires and essentials. Remember that He knows what we lack, even before we tell Him (Matt. 6:8).
B. We claim Scripture—but out of context. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (emphasis added). This promise doesn’t apply to those who live in rebellion against Him. Sometimes the Lord will postpone answering our prayers until He can deal with an area of sin in our life.
C. We don’t ask. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find” (Matt. 7:7). Do you go to the Lord with your requests? If not, you can’t expect to receive those things from Him. But be sure your motives are pure, because the Father will not reward selfishness (James 4:3).
D. We fail to do our part. God will not do what you are equipped to accomplish yourself. For example, you should work—unless a disability prevents you from holding a job (2 Thess. 3:7-10).
E. We neglect to wait on God’s timing. Don’t rush into something or try to pressure the Lord. People miss out on wonderful gifts because they refuse to follow God’s schedule.
F. We aren’t open to the Lord’s methods. Don’t tell Him how to meet your need. Sometimes God will provide through people you don’t know or in ways you least expect.
G. We lose focus. When you constantly think about your need, it becomes larger in your mind, and as a result, God seems smaller. Jesus told His followers to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). This means our primary goal should be to honor the Lord.
H. We don’t trust God. Our Savior promised, “All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you” (Mark 11:24, emphasis added). If God has confirmed He’ll meet your need, then you can be confident that He will do it.
IV. Conclusion: If you are a follower of Jesus, you have a heavenly Father who is committed to meeting your needs. But what should you do when it seems God isn’t working on your behalf? Fall on your knees before Him and pray, “Lord, show me where I am going wrong, or give me the patience to wait on You if it’s not yet time.”
Even when the Father seems far away, He never stops working in your life. God will be faithful to meet your needs at just the right time and in His perfect way. He is able to do “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). The Lord delights in giving you His very best. Simply obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.