All of us face times of uncertainty…those times when you don’t know which shoe will drop next. It might be a job loss or change, an accident or illness in the family, wars and rumors of wars, an unstable economy, unfair actions of another…there are a myriad of examples we are all familiar with.
The question is this:
What do we do when the proverbial shoe drops?
The April 18th devotional in Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” helped me refocus today as some of the shoes are dropping in our lives, and in those of whom we love.
Young says, “I have designed you to need Me moment by moment. As your awareness of your neediness increases, so does your realization of My abundant sufficiency.”
My abundant sufficiency.
Not my strength, knowledge or sufficiency, but God’s!
Following are some verses I found in the Amplified Bible while in search of His sufficiency.
· 2 Cor 3:5 “Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us; but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.”
· 2 Cor 12:9 “…My grace – My favor and loving-kindness and mercy – are enough for you, [that is, sufficient against any danger and to enable you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect – fulfilled and completed and show themselves most effective – in [your] weakness…”
· Phil 4:13 “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me – I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me, [that is, I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”
· Phil 4:19 “And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Yes, Lord, it is Your Strength, Your Grace, Your Mercy that gives me strength and sufficiency for my every need. Thank you for perfect provision, no matter the circumstance.
And Father, as my heart is heavy for so many with desperate needs, I pray Psalm 103:1-6 for the L, S, G, M families. I also pray it for T, C, J, J, L, B, M, J, R, C, and D.
“Bless – affectionately, gratefully praise – the Lord, O my soul, and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! Bless – affectionately, gratefully praise – the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits. Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each of] all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption; Who beautifies, dignifies and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age] with good; so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]! The Lord executes righteousness and justice [not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed.”