More Than Words | Philippians 4:19 | Devotional
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
The 3 ½ hour church service in the Mathare slum, and our last speaking responsibility, was over! I gathered with my traveling/preaching partners in a room where our host brought us Cokes. As much as I enjoy the stretching sensation of mission trips, I love getting back home. I looked forward to packing up and heading to the airport to begin the marathon journey back to Pittsburgh. But in the back of the room something caught my attention.
The pastors and leaders from three churches were counting the money that had been received from the morning offerings. That morning, a general offering and an offering for a church member to continue Bible training had been taken. Monies would be given to the student, and the rest would be divided among the pastors. Whatever was given would be the amount they would live on for the coming week.
I have thought about that picture often. The money stacked on the table and the pastors anxiously waiting to see how God would supply. They were not worried about “wants.” They had some basic needs. Maybe they were repeating the promise found in our passage today. I was the honored guest preacher from America…but those men taught me more than I ever taught them…and they never opened their mouths.
O God, I am spoiled. I have so much and forget to thank you. Thank you for always meeting the needs of your children. Not only the material ones, but the spiritual ones as well “according to your glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” In his name. Amen.