Q. I’ve heard Philippians 4:19 used many times for believing the Lord to supply our needs. My question is, if I take the verse within the context it sounds like the Philippians sent Paul gifts [or supported his ministry so to speak]. Wouldn’t this be why the Lord supplied their needs? My point is they gave first and I’m guessing with the right intentions. The Lord saw their hearts and blessed them. Would that be accurate?
A. Yes, I think that’s accurate. In Phil. 4:19 Paul was offering a promise on God’s behalf to the Philippians who helped support him during his time in prison. This is consistent with the Lord’s own teaching in Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured to you”.
The Philippians had helped meet Paul’s needs. In return Paul promised that God would meet all their needs. These examples show us we can’t out give the Lord.