MEET MY NEEDS!
We like to hear often that God would supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19). I must be doing something wrong or I am not getting what Paul meant? All the explanations that I have been gathering are inconsistent with Paul and with Jesus. Paul was content with nothing (I Timothy 6:8). Jesus had nowhere to lay his head (Mt.8: 20). Jesus told us that we ought to live like the birds (Matthew 6:25-34). Have we seen birds sit still? Paul lived off the people he preached to and Jesus had wealthy woman care for him (Mark 15:41).
My wife and I we have been both, poor, and fairly well too. In 1939 and again in 1945, we were forced off our land and out of our home and ended up begging for and stealing food. The Bolsheviks killed my father-in-law and left my mother-in-law with eight children living on handouts. To avoid another socialistic system, we went to America. In the new world, we found opportunities, but we had to apply ourselves, at times to manage small tasks. Heaven did not just open and pour down its blessings. Heaven itself happens to depend on the generosity of humans. We did ask, but we also had to knock and seek (Matthew 7:7-12). One time my father and I begged an employer to take on my handicapped brother. The owner had a soft heart and did. We could not find a decent apartment because we had three small children. Father had no job and we had to borrow money to buy a home and put food on the table. The Lord opened jobs and we were able, after several years, to pay off our debts. We never got more than we actually needed.
We are not like Paul or Jesus; and therefore, we have no claim on God to supply “all” our needs because we and not God set our limits on needs and end up living above what we actually need. Then we ask God to make up our deficit. We even dare to tell the Lord that our shortfall shall delay His Kingdom. In fact all men and women, even those that live on handouts should not think that God owes them a living. Paul also wrote, “if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10). Does God not want us to prosper? If we invest what we gain, He shall multiply it; but if we hang on, we shall lose it (Matthew 25:14-30). And if we gain to enrich ourselves, then we are far too presumptuous about God even meeting our basic needs (Matthew 6:19-20). Suppose some are handicapped? So am I. When I could not farm anymore, I became a minister. The German translation has it, “God shall give us what we need.” And it might not be bread but the ability or a way to earn it.