Philippians 4:19 "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
What an ending! Easy to pass over or misunderstand and a passage often ripped from it's context. Here is a group of believers upset because God is not supplying what they think they need. I remember in school being taught what the basic human needs are and staring at the list wondering if I agreed. The one I got stuck on then (I was in grade 8) was shelter. I had been reading about a tribe somewhere in Africa that lived without homes or even shelters. I figured if they could do it than it must not be a need for all humans.
We could spend considerable time debating what the basic human needs are but this is not the burden of what Paul was declaring. First of all let's look at the qualifying criteria. God will supply all our need ACCORDING TO His riches in glory...
God's glory is the qualifier and His glory is His character. This means what we get from Him as a supplied need will be determined by His character which is love.
As we have already seen in this letter to the Philippians God is not a parent who supplies our wants always or who responds to our nagging or tantrums. Now we're finding out that even our needs are determined by His all wise all loving character. What does this mean on a practical level? It means we get or don't get based on His knowledge of our situation not on our perception of our situation.
In one letter Paul says he was having a physical problem and he prayed repeatedly for God to heal him and nothing happened. This is the same Paul who prayed for others and miracles happened, proving that miracles are from God and not from men and dispensed at His discretion according to His character of love. Paul finally realized that God knew the problem he was having was for his good - in other words it was necessary - and he said about his problem: "His strength is made perfect in my weakness".
Here is the sum and substance of the letter to Philippi - If you are following Jesus what you have right now is what you need right now. God didn't watch His Son die in silence "leaving Him in the lurch" only to treat with indifference the mass of humanity for whom Jesus died. He has supplied everything necessary to bring you to where you are right now. He is supplying everything you need for where you are right now and He will continue to add to and take away from you whatever is needed in order to get you Home.
At the end of the day getting back to Him is our only need and He knows the shortest route no matter how long and hard it may feel.
Pray for what you think is necessary, then trust His character no matter the answer.