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Poem and Promises About God's Supply for Our Needs

Updated on May 27, 2018
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

We know that God can supply what we need, still we may think sometimes that we are asking too much, forgetting that God does not have the limits we have.

When our children (or other loved ones) ask for more help than we can afford, we may experience disappointment, guilt, embarrassment and even helplessness, because we focus on what we do not have. We forget that our needs are met from God's supply, instead of ours. We become stingy even towards ourselves, instead of praying for God to supply us from His inexhaustible resources.

The following poem and promises remind us that God has more than enough to provide for us and our loved ones.

Look at the birds.

"They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them." Photo by Rob Hanson
"They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them." Photo by Rob Hanson | Source

Poem: According to His Riches

God promised to supply my needs:
Not according to how hard I’ve worked, or how long;
Not according to how kind I’ve been, or how strong;
Not according to how much I’ve saved, or I’ve lent;
Not according to my skill, or my natural bent,
But according to His riches.


And God has supplied my needs:
Not according always to my complaints and tears,
Not according to my foolish fantasies and fears,
Not according to my weak show of faith and trust,
Not according to all the times I thought He must,
But according to His riches.

Consider the wild flowers.

They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. ( Photo by Visitor7)
They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. ( Photo by Visitor7) | Source
So trust Him to supply your needs:
Not according to the measure of the facts you know,
Not according to the sum of confidence you show,
Not according to your view on what “His riches” mean,
Not according to your choice right now on Him to lean,
But according to His riches.

He’s ever been supplying needs:
If you pause to count your blessings, you will comprehend
The many broken pieces which He caused to mend.
Watch His perfect timing intervene again real soon,
Not according to your lucky stars or the new moon,
But according to His riches.

Ten Promises of God's Provision

Bible quotes are from the New Living Translation unless stated otherwise.

  1. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NIV)
  2. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. (Psalm 37:25)
  3. You cause grass to grow for the livestock and plants for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth—wine to make them glad, olive oil to soothe their skin, and bread to give them strength. (Psalm 104: 14, 15)
  4. He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields. He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer. (Job 5: 10,11)
  5. Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? (Matthew 6:26)
  6. And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.(Matthew 6: 28, 29)
  7. You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (Matthew 7: 9-11)
  8. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. (2 Corinthians 9: 8)
  9. For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. (2 Corinthians 9:10)
  10. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:30)

Jehovah Jireh: My Provider

God provides in the way He chooses

  • He may not provide the money; He may send the product or have a generous person pay the bill.
  • He may not arrange for us to see the doctor; He may cure the illness.
  • He may not make us self-sufficient; He may make us humble enough to ask for help; the person we ask may be longing for company, which He inspires us to provide.
  • He also arranges for us to receive unexpected gifts from unexpected sources.

Furthermore,if we make it a habit to count our blessings, we will be often surprised to find that our supplies have been delivered, or that our needs have disappeared. Some gifts come unnoticed. God is always providing, especially to a humble, grateful heart.

© 2011 Dora Weithers

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Chris, I'm so glad that you like the article. You encourage me.

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      Chris Walsh 

      13 months ago

      This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Weithers 

      16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Vim, so happy that this article helped lift your spirits. Your comment also encourages me. Thanks and may God continue to favor us both!

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      Vim 

      16 months ago

      I was down. It's late here,everyone sleeping but me sleepless. I pray and the Holy Spirit guided me to your post. Bless is His name. God has and will never abandon his children.

      If we have God, we have all we need.

      God continues to inspire you so you can encourage others for a trustful relationship in the great:"I AM" Amen

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Inspired Heart, for your valuable input. God bless you!

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      Yvette Stupart 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      What an assurance that God will meet our needs in all situations. He loves us and wants the best for us, but he also has all the resources to draw from. Thanks for sharing MsDora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Emeka, thanks for your comment. Gratitude to God is always in order.

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      emeka 

      5 years ago

      hub AUTHOR....He is ready ever ready all praises be to God Allmight

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the encouragement, Hazel. I appreciate your testimony.

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      hazel 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Dora for reinforcing my belief that God does supply my needs according to His riches in glory. He has done this for me as often as the needs arise. I cannot give Him thanks and praise.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Power, you expressed your conviction very well. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such encouraging comments.

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      PoweroftheCross 

      7 years ago from Above and Beyond...

      I parked my mind on the last lines of this poem. We can forget what God has done for us in the past. We shouldn't do that when things are tough. If we each wrote a list of what God our Father has done on the past, we'd sail through the troubled waters. I love thie poem, especially those last few lines. Lovely share for us today. Manna indeed! Thank you MsDora!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      No! Thank you, Rose. You wouldn't think that I need to be reminded, but I do. My readers' comments are just as encouraging to me as the poem is to them.

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      rose 

      7 years ago

      so then why worry, if it is all on God and who he is and what he has ?? Thanks dora

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, I appreciate you stopping by. It is also beautiful for us to encourage each other.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thank you for reminding me of God's goodness and mercy, and my dependence upon him. It was beautiful.

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