If God Is All You Have, You Have All You Need
We all have a difficult time admitting that we’re incapable of something. We want to be self-sufficient and self-reliant, which makes us self-absorbed. We’re convinced that we should be able to take care of everything ourselves with no interference. That’s what society has taught us, and that’s the conclusion we come to when pride gets in our way.
And if we’re not capable, then there must be something wrong with us. Or so we’re told. Just dig deeper, try harder and reap the rewards. Do more. Think more. Have more. Just a little more of something and everything will be ok.
Unfortunately that’s not how it works. Here’s the monumental news you’ve been waiting for: there are many, many times when you are not enough. I am not enough. None of us are “enough” enough to do what needs to be done. Reality hurts sometimes, doesn’t it?
I have a problem in my life right now that I cannot change. It is deep, it is personal and it is incredibly painful. There is nothing I can do to fix it or make it right. I am not enough. I hate to admit that because I want to have the right answer, fix the situation and live happily ever after. Again, there is nothing in me that is enough. And I’m definitely note alone.
While we don't know the specifics, Paul wrote in his second letter to the believers at Corinth that he understood what it was like to be weak. God told Paul that the thorn in his flesh wouldn’t be removed, though that was Paul’s prayer. After three rejections, the Lord used now-familiar and powerful words to lift Paul up.
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness… 2 Corinthians 12:9
Paul was not enough. In fact, God told him that he needed to be even less for God’s grace and strength to shine through.
Where we are weak, God is strong.
Where we are confused, God has the answers.
Where we are losing, God steps in.
Where we hurt, God gives healing.
Where we suffer, God gives comfort.
Our weakness is an opportunity to give all the glory and honor to the Lord. If we were capable, we would keep all the praise for ourselves. That’s just human nature. But when we’re in a situation that we clearly can’t do a single thing about it, God’s light shines even brighter.
So whatever you’re facing this week, remember that it’s ok if you can’t do it all. You weren’t meant to. Instead, accept your position of weakness, take it to God in prayer and wait to see what miracles He does in your life. From your weakness comes the greatest of blessings.