Monday, January 9, 2017

God Will Supply - Martin Wiles

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NLT

The news was bad…again; it normally was. 

Rarely do I enjoy filling out my annual state and federal tax forms. While there have been a few years when I received meager refunds, normally I owe at least one entity—and often both. 

One particular year had been difficult financially. A supply-preaching opportunity had helped, but adding that income to my normal income caused bad tax news. My wife used an online service to calculate the results. “Well,” she mumbled, “we owe $1300 to federal but will get a refund from state.” My countenance fell. I knew we wouldn’t see the state refund. We owed the local hospital. They’d snatch our refund. Where would we get the money to pay our federal tax obligation? 

One month after this discouraging news, we received encouraging news. The church where I had filled in now extended me the call to be their full-time pastor. Just in the nick of time to give us enough to pay our tax bill. Once again, God reminded us He would supply.

Paul was quick to acknowledge God took care of him. When I read about his life’s challenges, I wonder how he could say that. God supplied his needs—but seldomly in the manner he expected. 

I’ve noticed God’s way of doing things aren’t usually the way I might do them. That includes how he supplied our needs. We were making plans to contact the IRS and set up a payment plan. God had another plan—one that paid the taxes in full. 

God’s manner of meeting my needs doesn’t always occur in the time frame I might imagine. Sometimes His supply comes over an extended period of time. At other times, like the present, He can meet the need in a split second. 

God is capable of providing for my needs apart from the help of others but generally chooses to use others. In our case, He used a church. There have also been times when He used people who were not aware at the moment that they were being used by Him. 

God is trustworthy. While His supply hasn’t always been what I might have wanted, it has always been just enough and what I needed. And along with the supply came the ability to endure—for however long it took, until He met the need fully. 

Trust God to supply your need.

Prayer: Father, we thank You that we can always trust You to meet whatever needs we have. 

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