If you were one of my students at Washington Adventist University, then you would know that the apostle Paul is my favorite contributor to the New Testament and not simply because he wrote the majority of it. There is just something about the way that Paul’s writings are able to take the most challenging of issues and truly get at the heart of whatever was confronting his audience, including those of the 21s century, and do it in such a way that it just makes you “shake your head.”
Paul’s epistle to the believers at Philippi is a fine example of his approach and method. Despite the fact that he wrote this letter while being held as a prisoner in a Roman cell, Paul’s words are filled with a message of joy and sincere appreciation. And as you begin to read this letter you quickly see that he is extremely appreciative of the faithful believers in that region, whom he had served, for the fact that they had not forgotten him during his most difficult hour. He was out of sight but not out of their minds.
One of my favorite portions of Paul’s epistle to the Philippians is found in chapter four and verse nineteen which says: “And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory.” The Greek word for “supply” (epichoregeo) combines the meaning of “dance” with the verb to “lead” (hegeomai). So in this instance the word “supplies” here literally means “to lead a dance.” In essence, what Paul is saying is that God is so pleased when He has the opportunity to meet the needs of His children, that in a sense He is “dancing for joy”.
Are we just as happy and appreciative of God for meeting our needs as He is to supply them? There is an idiomatic expression that says, “It takes two to tango.” It is based on the South American dance, the tango, which requires the cooperation of both partners in order for the dance to be a success. The two partners must understand that they are essential to the dance being performed correctly.
God desires to dance with you. He receives the greatest joy out of having the opportunity to meet the needs of His children. But if God gets His joy out of doing for us, but you and I aren’t responding in a spirit of joy and appreciation for what He has done, that means that God is dancing alone. God wants to dance with you and He wants to dance with me, and He is willing to take the lead. All that He is waiting on is for us to follow in his steps.