I have a morning devotional routine that I enjoy that relies on the Verse of the Day displayed in our WELS Mobile app. This morning I was struck, as I often am, how powerful and useful a single passage of God’s word can be. Today was no different.
Part of my morning “verse of the day” routine is journaling. (Note: If you are interested in what I use, visit www.dayoneapp.com. There are plenty of good digital journaling apps out there, this one is the one I like best for the Apple platforms — OSX and iOS). As I spent time this morning with today’s verse and my journal it reinforced to me again that I am so blessed to be able to enjoy God’s word whenever I want, and what power it brings to me. A daily routine that puts God’s word in the center of it is so important. It’s not hard. It’s not really even that time consuming. But it is powerful.
Anyway, today’s verse is just what I needed, as it always is…Philippians 4:19:
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
What a beautiful sentence to be able to write! Can you imagine writing that to your brother who has neglected his church attendance, or your friend who has “given up on God” as she looks at all the terrible things God permits to go on in the world. Yes. Yes I can. Each of us can say EXACTLY those words.
First of all, I love the possessive in Paul’s first phrase — my God. It isn’t “the” God, or even “our” God. It’s “my” God. As if to say this very personal God has not only taken interest in me and my life, but he has made it entirely possible through his son that I can call him “mine”.
Not only is he mine, and I am his, but he is such a good and powerful and personal God that he is going to meet all my needs. All of them. Whether I know they are needs or not. And not just “meet” those needs, but meet them according to the riches of his glory! This big, glorious God watches over me, anticipates my needs, and then delivers…richly!
Of course the best part of this passage is the end. This is all made possible through Christ Jesus. The biggest need I have is the one that determines whether I spend eternity with “my” God or not. Fortunately for me because of my God’s son, that greatest need is also taken care of. I’m going to heaven. When God says “all” my needs, he means it!
So don’t hesitate to quote God today. These words can flow freely from your lips, your fingers, your heart. So I say to you, my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Amen.
God’s word awaits you too. Enjoy!