[serialposts]Read Philippians 4:10-20 (ESV, NIV, The Message)

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content… I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

As Paul closes his letter to the Philippian believers, he stops to thank them for their monetary gift and to remind them of God’s provision.

He reminds them that no matter how God chooses to provide – sparingly or abundantly – He knows what is best in every circumstance. Because of this Paul says that he has learned to be content in all situations, knowing that his strength comes from Christ.

The secret to contentment is to rely on Christ in every circumstance.

Are you relying on Christ’s strength or are you looking to build a hedge around yourself?

You sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit… And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Grateful for the multiple gifts that the Philippians had provided for his missionary journey, Paul thanks them. He reiterates that while the financial gifts were a blessing to him, he is more blessed because they have been blessed by giving.

Paul knows that the gift is not the blessing, but the blessing is in the giving of the gift.

How have you been blessed through giving? Have you allowed God to bless you as you shared your resources {time, money, knowledge, etc.} with others for His glory?

philippians 4:10-20 [God’s provision]

by Ashley Pichea time to read: 2 min