A Blank Cheque
After a time of great personal sorrow the American Evangelist, Dr. Wilbur Chapman, took a trip to the west coast of the USA for a period of rest. Just before he left on the journey, one of the elders of his church, who was a banker, visited his home. The two men were close friends and they enjoyed a short season of fellowship and prayer together. Just as the banker was about to leave, he pushed a piece of paper in the preacher’s hand. Whenever Dr. Chapman looked at it, he was amazed to see that it was a blank cheque! Wilbur asked the banker, “Do you mean that you are giving me a signed blank cheque to be filled in as I please?” The banker replied, “Yes, I did not know how much your expenses might be and I wanted you to be able to draw any amount that would be needed on your travels.” Dr. Chapman did not use the cheque but it gave him the comfortable feeling that he had millions at his disposal.
Imagine having a blank cheque, but yet that is what the Lord gives to every Christian in Philippians 4:19 where He promises to “supply all your needs.” There are no limits placed upon God’s provision for you, literally it means that He will, fill to the full all your needs. God’s provision will meet every need that you have regardless of what it is. He will meet your financial, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental needs. Here is the scope of God’s provision for His people; not some of your needs or most of your needs, ‘all of your needs’. But it must be pointed out that the text says, “your need” not your greed. We need to recognize that some of the things we want the Lord to provide are only the covetous desires of a greedy heart.
Another famous evangelist, D.L. Moody set out Philippians 4:19 like this: The Firm- ‘My God’, The Promise-‘Shall Supply’, The Amount-‘All your Need’ The Capital-‘His Riches’, The Address of the Bank-‘In Glory’, The Signature- ‘Christ Jesus’. Truly this text contains a blank cheque for the Christian. In these difficult days financially, when the ‘credit crunch’ is taking its effect, let the Christian rest on God’s promise of provision and by faith draw on all the resources of Heaven, which are at your disposal.
Excerpt from the Paper Pulpit by Rev. David McMillan