“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,
He throws caution to the winds,
giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
never run out, never wear out.
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you.
He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”
(2 Corinthians 9:8-11, The Message)
Sermon Study Questions: Philippians 4:14-23:
- When have you experienced “shared troubles”– people walking alongside others in hard times (vs. 14)?
- What is the difference for you between the joy of giving and that of receiving? When have you taken delight in someone else’s joy?
- Share a time when you saw God clearly provide. How did it differ from your expectations of how He would meet needs?
- How could Paul confidently say “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” while still being in prison (vs.19)? Do you feel like God has met all of your needs?