“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
We spend so much time plotting and planning and worrying about all the things we want in life. For some there is a constant all consuming drive for gain and keeping up with the Jones’. Materialism is, at it’s core, the love of the world, and we know by scripture that to love the world (or the things of it) puts us at odds with God (1 John 2:15, James 4:4). But what about the necessities, I mean we do have needs. We need food, we need clothes, we need shelter, we need companionship and to be loved, we need our health, we need a purpose in life, we need…. we need a lot. Yet in the commonly misquoted verse mentioned above, we are told that God will supply all our need. Did you catch that? “Need” = singular.
Is the bible implying that we only have one singular need? Why is it worded in such a strange way? I truly love how this verse is constructed, how so much truth can be encapsulated in such simplicity of words. So obvious to humble eyes, yet so easily over looked by the greedy, selfish, and prideful. This verse’s unique wording speaks to the fact that God can supply all that we need by giving us one single need, the only thing we really need, and that’s Jesus Christ. He truly is the single need in our lives. All the many needs (needs not wants) in our lives are finally supplied to the fullest by Him when we surrender all, put all of our faith and trust in Him, and truly serve Him with our whole hearts. Provision, purpose, love… Every need is met when we meet the one we really need.
“(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:32-33