Most likely you have had the experience of over-filling a container in your life. Perhaps while filling your car with gas you attempted to “top off” the tank and gasoline came sloshing out because you squeezed the pump too hard, or once too many times. Or, perhaps you used a cappuccino machine at the local convenience store, only to discover when you released the dispense button, the liquid kept flowing and overflowed your coffee mug!
These examples come to mind when reading Philippians 4:19 AMP. It reads, And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ. The Greek word translated supply in this verse means:
- fill to the top
- fill to the brim
- furnish or supply liberally.
Though it may be difficult to wrap our minds around the concept of God’s abundant supply for our “every need,” it is His expressed will for us. A description of the need is not given in verse 19, but in the previous verse, the apostle Paul mentions that he received something from the Philippian church delivered by one of Paul’s associates. Describing the gift received Paul says, But I have [your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. In the original text the words amply supplied are translated from the same word as supply (defined above). Since Paul refers to financial and material gifts in verse 18, his thought continues in verse 19. We should realize that God’s thought to us is this: He desires to give us His full supply for every need.