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His Riches Not Mine Supplies All My Needs

Updated on May 25, 2017
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MsDora authored "Monday Manna-a weekly devotional." She contributed to "A Cup of Comfort Devotional" and has written many other devotionals.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 4:19 NIV

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Birds depend on His riches and they eat.  Photo by Rob Hanson
Birds depend on His riches and they eat. Photo by Rob Hanson | Source

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.

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Flowers depend on His riches and they grow.  Photo by Visitor7
Flowers depend on His riches and they grow. 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.

Take His Promise Seriously

The promise states clearly that God will meet all our needs, but do we ever doubt that He really will?

We know that He can but we may think that we are asking too much. That's because we think of His desire to give in comparison with ours. We have limitations, both in our capabilities and in our willingness, but God has no such limits.

When our children (or other loved ones) ask us for more help than we are prepared to offer, we may experience disappointment, guilt, embarrassment and even helplessness. At such times, do we ever pray for God to supply us from His inexhaustible resources, so that we can provide for those who depend on our help?

When we forget that our needs are met from God's supply, instead of ours, we tend to become stingy even towards ourselves. We make a list of things that we cannot afford. We convince ourselves that we cannot afford to be generous to others. Our text reminds us that God has more than enough to take care of us and our loved ones.


Believe That He Keeps His Word

God's supply for our needs has nothing to do with what we have or do not have. It has everything to do with His riches.

This is not to make us careless or irresponsible about our obligations. He expects us to be good stewards with our money and skills; but no matter how good we are, we occasionally come up short. He never has a shortage, and He remains faithful.

It's all about trusting Him. There may be no money in the account; no pay-check to expect, no god-parents to rely on, but there's always His promise. We have no idea how He will choose to supply our needs.

All according to His riches--financial, social, physical , emotional, spiritual and more. If He said He will, it is because He can. The poem above intends to empower our confidence in God's ability to really supply all our needs. Why not read it again, and let the phrase "According to His Riches," be your focus?


Sing Your Doubts Away

Count the Ways In Which God Supplies Our Needs

  • He may not provide the money; He may send the product instead.
  • He may not allow us to see the doctor; He may cure the sickness.
  • He may not make us self-sufficient; He may arrange for us to request help from a neighbor who is longing for company.
  • He also arranges for us to receive unexpected gifts from unexpected sources.

Furthermore,if we develop the habit of giving thanks for "everything," we will be often surprised when we count our blessings that our supplies have been delivered, or that our needs have disappeared. Love comes softly, especially to a humble, grateful heart.

© 2011 Dora Isaac Weithers

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 weeks 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 5 weeks 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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Yvette Stupart 3 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 Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      emeka 4 years ago

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      hazel 5 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.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 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 6 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!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 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 6 years ago

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 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 6 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.