God's work will not lack God's supply

Scripture reference

Philippians 4:19 (ASV)

19And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


Mike Adkins felt that God was leading him to quit his job and go into full time ministry and music. Quickly he and his wife ran out of money, which made a bad impression on Mike's unbelieving father. One evening, after speaking and singing in a church, a man said God clearly told him to give Mike a gift of money. Not only did the gift cover his needs, but it led his own father to salvation in Christ.
From a source that chose to remain anonymous, the Omi Mission received $25 every month to support their work, with Mr. Vories describing the timing of each support as perfect!
Hudson Taylor was given the care of a hospital with no funds for its operation. He and native helpers joined together in prayer until God provided the needed funds through a check from London.
God provided clothes desperately needed for Hudson Taylor after he had sacrificed his previous clothes to care for a sick brother.
Henrietta Soltau, inspired by the examples of Hudson Taylor and George Müller, dared to trust God for the daily needs of a home for missionary children. God passed the test and provided all that she needed in ways that were unmistakably from Him.
Ross Tooley told no one about his needs, but trusted his Heavenly Father to provide. God spoke to a man and told him to provide for Russ' needs.
Margret Barber had an unflinching trust in God to meet the needs of His work and Nee was astounded to watch God meet her needs. Her bold faith became infectious, and encouraged a friend of Nee to trust in God too.
When Watchman Nee took a ferry to a port so he could travel to Jian-ou to preach, he had not enough to cover his transport fare, but on arriving at the port, a miracle only God could have worked happened and he was able to travel!
George Müller trusted God for his own daily needs and for the daily needs of a giant orphan institution, almost 200 missionaries, schools, students, evangelistic work, and more. But no matter how large the daily needs were, God always provided for them. God would allow the funds to be completely depleted so that His daily provision would be clearly seen.
George Müller learns the invaluable lesson to trust not in man but in the Lord only, when a promise for financial support he was banking on failed to come through weeks after it was promised him. Realizing his error, Mr. Müller and his wife prayed for grace to trust God alone—and that same day while they were yet praying—the storehouse of heaven was opened for them.
After a prayer session over the phone with her husband who was out of town, Usha watched in awe as the Lord immediately answered their prayer for rice to feed the orphans that afternoon.
When a measles epidemic struck the Miltones and Bruce Olson ran out of drugs to stop the epidemic; he had no funds in the bank, yet he didn't flinch but believed that God will somehow provide the drugs needed. And Bruce was right, as God supplied miraculously, more than enough funds to get the drugs and control the spread of the disease.
God sends CT Studd some new teeth through a dentist Doctor, Mr. Buck, who arrived at the very heart of Africa despite earlier rejections for his application to become a missionary.
Having returned home to England after serving God in India, the Studds needed to send their three daughters to a boarding school but had not the means to do so. They committed the matter to God, and He moved someone to not only meet their needs, but to do it just as they would have done if they had the means to.
Jackie Pullinger shares about God's faithfulness and constant provision despite the increasing needs of her ministry and her not teaching full-time. God ensured they had enough provisions for each day.
Three humble believers, burdened with the glaring need reach the married women, cast-off wives and widows of China with the word of God, established a Women's Bible School without any financial support. God supplied all that was required by raising up Chinese Christians to support the effort.
Jonathan Goforth was becoming overwhelmed with the load of work he had to bear and decided to trust God’s promise to supply their every need, and so, with his wife he took the need to God in prayer. Two days later, as unexpected as "rain falling from a clear sky," God perfectly met their need by using an unlikely man.
Jonathan Goforth was on vacation in Peitaiho when he was invited to come preach in Tatungfu, North Shansi. But the journey was a long and expensive one and not wanting to burden their hosts with footing their bills, they asked God to supply all that they will need and shortly before they were to travel, the good Lord provided even more than they required for the journey.
During the Great depression, the home mission was unable to send support to Jonathan Goforth to meet the increased need for native evangelists/workers, he did not despair but turned to God and not only did God send workers, He also provided funds through unsolicited gifts from around the world.
After Fraulein Blücher’s conversion, she dedicated her life and resources to Kingdom service and opened a mission center, which soon became too small. The need for a bigger space brought her and her friends to God in prayer. While they were still praying, God sent a stranger to help meet the need.
Missionary candidates were due for sending out to China, but there was no means to do so. This matter was made a subject of prayer, and yet again, it was proved that "God's work will not lack God's supply!"
In a time of dire need, Dr. A. W. Douthwaite, was made a tempting offer that if taken, will solve his financial problems but have him leave his work as a medical missionary. But supported by his wife, Dr. Douthwaite chose to trust in God for his family's needs; and that same day, the Lord sent help from various sources.
Only by handing over his burden about co-labourers and their sustenance to the Almighty, did Hudson Taylor—whose health was starting to be affected by this burden—find not just the sleep that for weeks eluded him, but also lasting rest for his troubled soul.
Bob Stokes, whose ministry was in dire need of a vehicle, was riding a bicycle one day when he saw a car and also heard the clear whisper, "This is your car!" What followed as he believed and acted in faith, was a truly wonderful miracle!
An unbelieving businessman doubts the report that George Müller and his orphans were sustained solely in answer to prayer. Curiously, he decides to test, and see for himself; if God really helps Mr. Müller and the result of his test only confirmed the story he found difficult to believe.
George Muller's prays for God to provide the funds to enlarge his work, God answers.
God provides bread and milk for George Muller and the children in the orphanage in a miraculous way.
Young George Müller was working as an itinerant evangelist when the congregation at Teignmouth asked him to be their minister. Some in the congregation supported him while others were wary of his religious zeal. The cautious ones won out and, while Müller was offered the position, it was without pay. George Müller was undaunted, trusting God to supply all his needs, which He did.
In 1874, over £44, 000 (worth over £5 million in 2022) was needed for the sustenance of the work under George Müller's care. Faced with this great challenge and the possibility of bankruptcy, he declared without wavering; "God, who has supported this work now for more than forty years, will still help...though I know not whence the means are to come". Twenty-four years after that 1874 journal entry, the work was still ongoing.
Upon the launch of the orphan houses, the greatest need was for suitable helpers to join the work. George Müller was not hasty but determined to wait upon God, who answered perfectly. A brother and sister not only offered themselves and all their possessions but were willing to join the work without pay.
George Müller's resolve to follow God's leading against his father's career advice, and the fallout of that decision, taught young Müller the hard but important lesson of becoming independent of man by depending fully on God for his material needs.
Two stories show George Müller's insistence on vetting gifts before receiving them. However needy he or the work may have been, Müller trusted God to provide, and so was able to refuse gifts given improperly. The money did not belong to the respective donors.
Brother Andrew and a group of young people trust God to provide for tea and cake. God provides in a miraculous way.
When the funds for the work were running low, Jonathan Goforth’s wife expressed her anxiety about the state of things. Goforth replied in faith, "Is the Lord not able for this also? Wait and see. He is not going to fail us!” Soon thereafter, they received unexpected donations that would last for three months.
Armed with the promise in Philippians 4:19; "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus," the Goforths took to their knees to ask God for a much-needed helper for Mr. Goforth. Two days later, the Lord sent them the most amazing, albeit unlikely, helper.
Jonathan Goforth's blindness meant that he would need a proper companion if he was to carry on with God’s work, and that companion would have to be paid. Together with his wife Rosalind, they asked God specifically for a helper for Jonathan and for the requisite funds. God met these needs with a precision that only He could.
While the Goforth’s sending agency approved of their plans to expand the work, they were not able to provide funding, and eventually Jonathan’s own salary could not be stretched any further. It was at this moment of extremity that they received a letter from a perfect stranger who sent funds along with a commitment to be a regular supporter. God had supplied for His work.
The home church of Jonathan Goforth decided they would not be sending any more missionary recruits. Although disappointed, Goforth prayed and believed that God will provide the workers needed for his work and the provision needed. Indeed, God provided both and the work expanded to a new level. This demonstrates God's work done God's way would never lack supply.
Jonathan and Rosalind were totally exhausted and needed an extra hand to help with the work of God. The unlikelihood of getting any help notwithstanding, they took to prayer; claiming the promise of God to; "supply all our needs". The very next day, God honoured His promise in answer to their prayer.
Like Moses, God used what Rosalind had, a pen, to raise bring deliverance to the people suffering from a famine in China. Rosalind learned that money is not a difficult thing for God, it is obedient men and women that are difficult to find.
God provided for the needs of Arthur T. Upson and his wife for over 35 years on the mission field.
Faced with a letter from their home church with news of a lack of funds and the need for a downsizing of operations, the Goforths decided to continue with their work as planned, trusting that God would provide what they needed. Over the next few weeks, letters with money came from people all around the world meeting their needs exactly.
The Goforths need for someone to help preach to the crowds was met when, two days after asking God to provide, an ex opium addict arrived at their doorstep. Wang Fu-Lin had come to Christ through the Goforth's ministering some time before and proved to be the perfect man to preach the Gospel to the crowds.
A proclamation was issued stating that nothing should be sold to Hudson Taylor, a foreigner. He clung to prayer as his only hope when he was stranded and without support. He had a visitor one night while praying who gave him food without saying anything.
Mr. and Mrs. Frost's obedience to God was tested when they were invited to join God's work with the China Inland Mission. Faithfulness triumphed over skepticism, and the work was blessed and amply provided for by God.
Just when Hudson Taylor ran out of money to supply free breakfast to a number of destitute people, a past-due amount of money due his colleague arrived earlier than expected, and was used to meet the very important need at hand.
Dr. Parker's return to Scotland created a new need for the missionaries in China as the expenses incurred to run the hospital and dispensary were until that time, borne by him. But holding onto the promise to seek God’s Kingdom first and have “all these things” added to them, they chose to trust and not to close down the hospital. Their faith in God was beautifully rewarded.
So solid was his faith in his Heavenly Father and the His living word that Hudson Taylor declared, “God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies” His faith in the scriptures was unshakable and His experience as a father only helped solidify his belief that His Heavenly Father would never forget him.
As a young student in London, Hudson Taylor was learning great lessons of faith, and in hearing the voice of God. First, he was suddenly out of money, with no supply other than “simple naked faith.” Then, compounding his troubles, he contracted a potentially fatal disease from someone that had just perished. Taylor was ill for weeks, with his life hanging in the balance. But he believed that God had called him to be a missionary in China, and received an inner assurance that he would recover. While still weak, he received another “impulse” to walk two miles to an office where he had the impression he would receive funds, and he did. All these things were a powerful witness to a skeptical physician, who with tears said, "I would give all the world for a faith like yours."
Missionaries running a hospital in China decided to pray and trust the Lord for provision to run the hospital. The Lord provided in the most remarkable way; he impressed upon a man thousands of miles away to send funds and promised to send more if needed. The missionaries praised the Lord, and the residents, mostly heathens, marveled at the Lord's intervention.
In response to the prayers of His children, God moved hearts—without any one having to solicit—to contribute to a fund for building a much needed auditorium for the Park Memorial Baptist Church.
A church needed $1,000 to pay off the balance on a land it had purchased for a building, and as they prayed to God about this need one Saturday morning, God touched the heart of one who was at the meeting to meet this important need! And despite the temptations to do otherwise, she obeyed God!
As the need for expansion in the work he was leading became apparent, Costas was aware of the amount of resources needed to get it done, but he did not fret—his confidence in God to provide for His own work was rock solid. And he was not disappointed; God was faithful to provide all that was needed!
Dr. Sung wanted a confirmation that he should remain an itinerant evangelist. God provided the confirmation.
Billy Graham needed $25,000 to take the gospel on radio, and in one night, much to his surprise, the Lord provided all the funds that was required.
Denis Lane writes about God's gracious provision in support of the Mission Hospital in Korea where the poor and destitute are treated with love.
Margaret King was introduced to the practical living of depending on God for provision in times of need.
For Mary Slessor, money was nothing to covet. It was but a means to getting God’s projects done. Sacrificially, she used what she had to do the work of God, including her salary and personal gifts. And though her needs were many, she never lacked!
Mr. Ishii's Asylum was owing five days worth of supplies when an amount of money that was to be given them got stolen by the one trusted with the sum. With no money for even food, they all decide to fast the next day and if possible, die of starvation; unless the Lord meet their needs without them abandoning their principle of trusting Him alone to meet their needs. Even as they were yet praying on a mountain, the Lord began to answer them and by the end of the day, He surpassed their expectations with His miraculous interventions.
Having committed to join the Overseas Mission Service as a missionary to Asia, Ed Erny needed to raise $150 before his departure and did not know how to raise the sum. But in the weeks that followed, the God who called him, opened doors for Ed to raise the amount he needed.
Believers prayed for £100 for a specific purpose, God precisely answers their prayers.
Mabel Francis was a missionary to Japan for more than 50 years, but before that, when she was still a young student in Boston, MA, the Lord told her to start a rescue mission for street girls. She listened to His voice and experienced His direct provision for the work.
Miss Lucy R. Drake shares her experience of learning to live by faith, foregoing her salary and trusting in God to provide for her needs. She recounts instances where she asked God for money for herself or for her missionary work, the amazing answers to those prayers and her unwavering confidence in God's will even when some of her prayers did not get answered.
Augustus Herman Franke, a minister in Halle, Germany, often found himself without funds to provide for the needs of the children under his care. Despite this, Augustus trusted in God's provision and repeatedly experienced miraculous interventions and timely deliveries of money to carry on the work entrusted into his hands.
George Müller's faith was tested when the orphanage treasury was reduced to half of its starting balance in just three months, leaving only enough money to cover a single month's expenses. However, Müller trusted in God's provision and through prayer, the orphanage received unexpected donations that left a balance of $48,000 one month later. Over the course of 41 years, Müller relied solely on believing prayer to meet the enormous needs of the work entrusted to him, and God was faithful to supply for His work.
Following the example of Mr Muller, Dr Cullis resolved to rely on prayer and faith alone for financial support when he established a home for poor consumptives who were not admitted to hospitals. And the Lord was faithful to meet the needs of that work as it arose.
After Hudson Taylor purchased land in Chefoo for the building a school for children of missionaries and a rest home for recovering missionaries, every supply needed for the building project came by the Hand of God moving men to give specially towards the project.
From the day he stopped his work as an auctioneer and committed the rest of his life to evangelism, Henry Moorhouse learned to trust God for his daily bread and God faithfully provided for his needs.
Mr. Bingham was due to leave for Liverpool but had not the funds to make the trip, and did not tell anyone about his need. The night he was to leave, Mr. Findlay asks about this very need and was used by God to provide more than the missionary required for himself.
A few days to his supposed departure date, Mr. Bingham who always looked directly to the Lord for provisions to cover the expenses on his missionary tours had not the funds to travel. But just then, he gets a letter from a dear friend providing enough to cover for his journey across the Atlantic.
Friedenshort - home for the less privileged which Sister Eva founded was in serious debts. But rather than beg any man, Eva and her colabourers began to pray to God in faith about their need and barely two weeks to the deadline they had set, the seemingly impossible became possible.
To advance the work in China, £500 was needed for a new building. And while a few weeks to the end of Mildred Cable's furlough, the needed amount was yet to be raised, God had not forgotten to provide supply for his work. For soon, an opportunity presented itself and almost all the funds required was raised.
As they gathered to pray on May 24, 1875, Hudson Taylor reminded his friends to ask that the Lord provides for his work as they had not enough to meet the needs of the work. They did and that same day, help arrived!
When the need to build a Girls School became apparent to him, Hudson Taylor told no one about it. Because God was his Partner and Intercessor, he made his requests known to God and like only He does; he provided for His own work!
The China Inland Mission needed plentiful supply to meet its mounting obligations, and yet the funds were not forthcoming. But instead of despairing, the turned to God in prayers and the ever faithful God stepped in to provide supply for His work.
Billy Bray faced intense opposition to building a church that God had commanded him to build. When the church is complete, it became an important meeting place for believers. Some of those who had opposed him returned to ask for his forgiveness, and he forgave them.
George Muller lacked funds for the day's orphanage needs. God provided throughout the day, just in time for each need.
George Müller was decided in his heart about asking only God for help with all that will be needed to execute the work he was stewarding. He turned down a potentially great offer, choosing to rely on God alone in prayer and was greatly rewarded for his complete faith in God.
With less than three weeks to the expected departure date, the China Inland Mission still had not the funds needed to send out a batch of new missionaries to China from Marseilles. Gathering together in prayer one day, definite petition; with thanksgiving, was made to the Almighty and the very next day, He showed His hand!
After Anna Coope felt convinced to answer the call to missions in the West Indies, she decided to step out in faith; not knowing how much the fare was or how to afford it. But her faith in God was not in vain as all her needs were miraculously provided for.
In the early days of D. L. Moody‘s marriage, they were very poor. Often he wondered if he should quit full time ministry and return to shoe sales. But as he forgot about sublunary concerns and focused on the work of the Kingdom, God provided for their daily needs.
When faced with the necessity of stoves for the upper rooms of the Consumptives Home, Dr Culis prayed to the Lord for help. Later, a friend offered to provide and install the stoves for free, despite having no knowledge of the Home's need or of Culis' financial situation.
Dr. Cullis, who depended solely on gifts for the survival of the Consumptive's Home, needed over $2,000 within four days to pay off the interest on their property. Despite the lack of security and the Home's principle against soliciting donations, the matter was to the Lord in prayer and they received a letter on the same day, informing them of a bequest of $5,000 from a deceased citizen; twice the amount they asked for!
After a church was demolished by the government without any compensation at all, God's children set out immediately to find another location and soon began to rebuild, and as they were building, every need was supplied. Before long the church was opened, completely debt-free with ten times more people attending than before.
The Sanborn's had their plane tickets stolen. They only had $300, and needed an additional $600 for new tickets. But God commanded them to give that $300 to another needy family. After a little hesitation and more prayers, they obeyed God. The very next day, a total stranger sent them the largest individual donation they had ever received.
Art Sanborn desperately needed a mountain motorbike to rent so he could join his team in the Mae Hong Son province to share the gospel. But every effort of his at securing a bike that morning was fruitless until he committed it to God in prayer and the Lord supplied this need in a most amazing way!
Immediately after writing the book—The Spiritual Man—that went on to become a bestseller, Watchman Nee needed $4,000, which he did not have, to get it published and after signing an agreement with the publisher, every amount needed was provided as the need arose.
With no personal remittance to come her way for an entire quarter, Margret looked set to endure a hard time, but God being God, provided at different times all she needed throughout that period to carry out his work in Thailand.
A humungous amount was needed to offset the Value Added Tax of the OMF and when the time came to pay the required sum, the God who sees and provides was there to meet this important need.
Peter and Geralyn Anderson were to host the Heavenly Melody choir from Thailand and needed a comfortable vehicle for the team and equipment. They committed their need to God and just when they thought it will be impossible to have this need met, God stepped in to provide for His own work.