From Self-Sufficiency to Surrender - Part 5

Opening Prayer

“Lord, give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to comprehend”.


Read: Philippians 4:19

”And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. (Holman Christian Standard Bible [HCSB])



The Philippian church, to whom Paul is writing this letter, has been a source of real encouragement to Paul during his ministry, as noted all throughout the book of Philippians. They have sent some from their local body to assist in his efforts, along with financial resources to meet his needs. Out of their sufficient resources they have surrendered control of a portion to allow the work of building God’s kingdom to continue. Paul’s reminder here to the Philippians (and to us) is that as we let go of the reins of control that God will supply what we need to continue carrying on.



Trust is like a piggy bank that slowly fills with coins that get deposited each time someone does right by our standards of conduct. While we are the ones putting the coins in the bank, we are in control of how much trust is being built up as we deposit from our sufficient resources to add to this account. When something happens that chips away at our trust, we tend to take out more than has been added to the bank, often draining the bank completely. Believing that God is able to supply all our needs requires that our trust bank always stays filled, which is beyond our finite ability to fund. Let us begin to surrender our control of the trust bank and allow God to provide what is needed to keep it filled.


Closing Prayer:

“Father, my hope for my eternal future is tied up with my trust that You will not only provide for my daily needs, but that You provided a path to enter Your kingdom through the sacrifice of Your Son. You have proved your faithfulness over and over and I trust that You will remain faithful to the promises of Your word. Thank You for giving me this hope!!”

Terry Schneider