“As your days, so shall your strength be.” Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJV.
God’s sufficiency is proportional to your daily necessity.
My thoughts and comments today are about “sufficiency.”
Some days can feel overwhelming, too tough and too long. Problems can seem unrelenting, clouding perspective and challenging perseverance. Burdens are exhausting and worry is fatiguing. There are times when you are unsure if any strength remains. In 2000, when my Mom was in hospice care for seven weeks, I felt absolutely drained. My heart was heavy; my soul was weary. There was a tiredness I had not known before. Day by day, I felt more and more emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually depleted.
Then into my growing darkness, God spoke. No, it was not audible; at that moment, I was too fragile for that. Into my weariness, God spoke this life-giving truth, “As your days, so shall your strength be.” Deuteronomy 33:25 NKJV. In those seven weeks, I was strengthened and sustained daily by God’s words to me. Later, I found those words in Moses’ final blessings to the tribes of Israel, just before his death. In blessing Asher, Moses said, “As your days, so shall your strength be . . the eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:25/27 NKJV. Reliable commentary on this verse explains God’s promise as two-fold.
(1) In God, your strength is sufficient for the extent of your days. David’s personal testimony is this: “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Psalm 37:25 NIV. Whatever the length of your years, God’s strength and supply neither diminishes nor is exhaustible, and is provided life-long.
(2) In God, your strength will be appropriate to the content of your day. God’s strength and sufficiency is proportioned in its graces and comforts to your daily necessity. “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1:5 NIV/1:8-10 NKJV.Whatever your trials or difficulties, God always gives ample grace to support you in them and bring you through them.
Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread . .” Matthew 6:11 NKJV. Bread is representative of the all basic requirements of daily life – all that provides, nourishes, enriches, and sustains life and well-being each and every day. Supernaturally,God provided manna to Israel with instructions. Read Exodus 16:16-23 NIV. Daily, God provided enough. Notice particularly, “. . Everyone had just enough. Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered little had enough. Each family had just what it needed.” Vs. 18 NLT.
God’s supply is always sufficient. The lesson to be drawn is that God’s provision is always ample, yet your efforts without His blessing and provision will lack. See 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NKJV. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work . . that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV/Ephesians 3:19-20 NIV.
My prayer for you today is that you find God’s grace, love, and power sufficient.