– Phil 4:19
Strength when Needed
The paradox is when we are weak, He is strong, just as the Apostle Paul wrote, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2nd Cor 12:10), so Paul could say, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13), but without Him, he knew he could do absolutely nothing (John 15:5). The key is, God will supply you strength and to help you learn to be content in all circumstances, but He will also give you strength when you (and I) are weak.
Contentment when Needed
We know that Paul, next to Christ, suffered more than most did, perhaps more than all the other apostles did, but did Paul complain? No way! He didn’t let it get him down. In fact, he wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Phil 4:11-12). He had great physical needs and yet he said that he’d learned to be content in whatever situation he was in. That is very pleasing to God.
Riches when Needed
Jesus said if we seek the kingdom of God first and foremost, God promises to supply every need we’ll ever have. This doesn’t mean everything we want but everything that we will need (Matt 6:33), which is why he could write that “my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). What are the “riches in glory in Christ Jesus?” Just name anything there is, and that’s it because God not only owns the cattle on a thousand hills, He owns the hills too (Psalm 50:10)!
God not only owns all there is, He owns us too because we were bought with a price (1st Cor 6:20); the price being the precious blood of the Lamb of God, so trust God to provide you with the strength when you need it; to help you to learn to be content in whatever state you’re in; and to cling to the promise that He will “supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).