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Having Enough

June 16th, 2011

“My God shall supply all your need.” Philippians 4:19

Having more is rarely the solution to having enough.”

My thoughts today are about “having enough.”

However much you have at any given time, there always seems an underlying and nagging worry that you will not have enough. No one wants the unknown circumstance to become the unforeseen need. But really, can you ever be sure that you have enough for absolutely any eventuality? How much would that require?  I suggest that having more is rarely the solution to having enough. What then is the answer? Glad you asked!

However much you have, your resources will always have limits. You will never know enough to know everything, never able to do enough to do all things, never have enough to have everything, whereas God’s knowledge and wisdom, abilities, and resources are infinite. The real question is not about what you know, can do, or have; the question is whether God is the Source and Supply in which you trust.

Here’s Solomon’s conclusion: “The steps of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will not fall for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young and now I am old and I have never seen the Godly forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:23-25 NLT. I think one of the problems is our confusion that having a lot is the same as having enough. God is your sufficiency for every lack.

The Bible says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NKJV. Do you know the context for that promise? It is not at all as you might presume. Read the preceding verses about Paul’s experiences – “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation . . well fed and hungry . . living in plenty or in want . . I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13 NIV. He discovered that even when he didn’t have it all, in Christ Jesus he would always have his needs supplied adequately. Maybe we need to embrace the conviction that adequate is enough. Learning to be content in God’s faithful provision is the path to realizing you have enough.

What do you think you need when you don’t have enough? Will more of what you lack be sufficient to have enough? Paul’s answer is simply this: in every situation, God is enough! When you are looking at what you lack, you are distracted from who God is, what He has, and what He can do. “And we have such trust through Christ in God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything is of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God who has made us sufficient . .” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 NKV.

It is possible to have correctly assessed all the facts of your situation, yet overlooked one overriding truth – “(Your) God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” Whatever else appears true at the moment, this is one truth that is eternal.

My prayer for you today is that you find faith and satisfaction in what God provides.

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