We will have many financial needs in life. We may not make enough to pay our monthly bills. We may not have insurance to cover our medical costs. An unstable economy and inflation may be pulling on our already strained checkbook. Whatever the case, when we come up against a financial need that doesn’t seem possible to meet, it’s easy to become discouraged. It’s human nature to look to natural sources, and determine whether someone or something can meet those needs.
God, however, doesn’t want us to look at our natural sources to determine what needs He can or cannot easily meet. He wants us to look to Him—our spiritual source. His ability to meet a need is not determined by natural limitations. It’s based on His heavenly riches.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, italics and bold added).
What do God’s riches look like? First, the world belongs to Him (Psalm 24:1, Psalm 50:10). Though He did not design its imperfections, He created the wealth that is in it. Second, His heavenly home is full of wealth. Heaven contains mansions, streets of gold, and gates of pearl (John 14:2-3, Revelation 21:21). Heavenly residents know nothing of lack—only great supply and beautiful extras. God’s riches are unlimited and abundant!
God not only has the supply, but He also has the power to produce that supply in our lives. He’s all-powerful, and nothing is too hard for Him. No need is too great for Him to supply.
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear (Isaiah 59:1).
Often, we forget Who God is and how powerful He is. Even when we say we trust Him, we look to the natural world to determine what He can or cannot do. But natural means and resources do not limit God. He’s supernatural and goes beyond what we can see. He’s also able to take the natural and maneuver it so it works in our favor. He’s not limited in His choices in how He gets the job done. He can use any method He pleases.
Many times, I have had financial needs in my life that I have trusted God to meet. Every time His means of supplying that need was different, but He used earthly resources to get it done. He has used gifts from people, furniture sales, insurance checks, and the government to meet those needs. Other times I have prayed for money to do something as seemingly unnecessary as redecorating a room, and He has supplied the desires of my heart via a surprise escrow check or birthday gift. No matter how great or small, necessary or unnecessary, God found a creative way to answer my prayer and meet that need.
The moment a need arises, we should never fear that it won’t be met. That fear will hinder God from getting the supply to us. He requires faith in Him that no matter how great the need, He will fill it. If it’s true faith, it will have action (James 2:14-26). That action will always include tithing since it’s is a command from God that results in blessings poured from heaven (Malachi 3:10). But God may also instruct us to give toward someone or something. It’s sowing financial seed that will produce a financial harvest that will cover our needs. He may even open the door for overtime, a side job, or some other creative idea to earn the money. Whatever it is, it will be anointed because God was in it.
Our financial needs never take God by surprise. It never causes Him to worry. And if our Provider doesn’t worry, neither should we. Instead, we should trust Him and seek His kingdom first. When He comes first, our provision becomes His priority!
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:31-33, NIV).