“And my God will take care of your every need from his glorious resources in Christ Jesus.”
This particular verse has brought great comfort to countless people who have found themselves in need. No matter what they lack, God would take care. You can almost hear the sigh of relief that comes from a needy believer that they suddenly realize that they are not alone but God is there and is both willing and able to do what is necessary for your troubled situation.
However, note the “and” that begins the sentence (Greek de). Apparently God’s promise is somehow connected with something Paul has recently said. In the same paragraph (vv. 15-20) the apostle speaks of the gift the church at Philippi had sent through Epaphroditus their envoy. The he adds, “and my God will take care of your every need.” The assurance of divine help rests on a person’s record of providing help. They help him and now he . . . no, not Paul, but God . . . will help them. Someone referred to this as triangulation. They met his need so now God will meet theirs. The implication is that God never allows help to go unrewarded.
It is probably worth noting that God meets our needs, not our wishes. And we are so blessed that he doesn’t provide everything we want because so many of them could work against what in the long run is best. But one thing is for sure and that is if we are watching out for those whose need we can supply, he will do the same for us. In act, he sometimes provides what we didn’t know we needed and hadn’t prayed for. Specific example: With very short notices I had to return from my role on the mission field. There was no time to pray about it but God realized that and had moved supporters back home to put to my account over three times their normal support dollars. I still can see him up there leaning back in his chair, smiling and saying, “Bob’s going to have to have more than the usual $100 per month to met the expenses of a quick trip and preparation for enrolment in seminary.”
It is worth noting that God meets our needs by tapping into his “glorious resources in Christ.” We are one with Christ and have access to all that lies in his domain. Incidentally, if our help comes through him it will be exactly the right kind because it is His. Life can take a deep breath because in Christ we are in the safety zone.